File No. 868.51 War Credits /4

The Minister in Greece ( Droppers) to the Secretary of State


391. Prime Minister Venizelos called upon me yesterday and stated that he was anxious to mobilize as soon as possible against Central powers but lacked the means. Previous Ministries had left empty treasury. England and France would advance civil law [loan] to Greece. Would the American Government come to his assistance with a military loan? After promising to telegraph his request I stated that this question in my opinion could be settled in cooperation with England and France to which statement he cordially agreed. Military support of Greece may be in time of great importance.