File No. 763.72/3492

The Consul General at Sofia ( Murphy) to the Secretary of State


120. Your telegram 107, February 6, 5 p.m.1 Audience with the Prime Minister to-day marked by extreme cordiality. He assured me that he could think of nothing that would force Bulgaria to break the exceedingly pleasant relations: with the United States which he was assured would always; continue; that Bulgaria, although allied with Germany, was perfectly free to manage her own policies with neutral and other countries. He was gratified to receive the message of Minister Panaretoff, through the State Department, which conveyed to him and his Government the kindly feelings of the United States for Bulgaria which he said were fully reciprocated. I referred to unfriendly editorial appearing in the official journal of the War Department of the 14th instant which the Prime Minister declared was not authorized and which he repudiated. He said that steps; had already been taken to prevent such publications in the future and that every effort will be made to allay any feeling of ill will or suspicion that might exist against the United States. Full details by mail.

  1. Ante, p. 116.