File No. 763.72/3613

The Minister in Denmark ( Egan) to the Secretary of State


532. On March 30 German Minister for Foreign Affairs addressed Reichstag as follows:

I have written no communication to Carranza. I have only forwarded instructions to our representative in Mexico through a channel which seemed safe. We are now instituting investigations to find out how these instructions reached the hands of the American Government. I have instructed the Minister in Mexico to offer our alliance to that country and at the same time to suggest that Japan should join the alliance. I have distinctly pointed out that in spite of the submarine warfare we hope that America will maintain its neutrality. The American Government considers itself entitled to provoke the whole world against us before its country is at war with us. Under these circumstances America cannot blame us for seeking allies after there was a possibility of their declaring war upon us.