File No. 763.72/2089

The Ambassador in Germany (Gerard) to the Secretary of State


2824. Understand Bernstorff given wide discretion on submarine settlement with you. Probably will offer future assurances as to all liners. Respectfully suggest that press in America, if satisfactory settlement is made, should be asked to refrain from undue gloating as that would inflame press here and make general situation more difficult and interfere with Chancellor’s offer of peaceful solution. Please give last suggestion to Melville Stone of Associated Press as coming both from Conger and from me.