File No. 763.72119/744

The Chargé in the Netherlands ( Langhorne ) to the Secretary of State


1236. Wolff Bureau reports Reichstag committee met to-day and Chancellor made speech of which summary is to follow. After speech committee decided to consider Pope’s peace proposal first and other questions of foreign politics later. Social Democrats stated that they welcomed Pope’s proposal as they welcomed every step bringing peace nearer especially as they expected good results from Pope’s action. Progressives declared agreement with Chancellor in sympathetic attitude towards Pope’s manifesto; Center also approved Chancellor’s declaration regarding Pope’s message and perceived in action of Pope, whose impartiality is apparent to world, a considerable advancement towards peace desired by all peoples.