File No. 868.51 War Credits/7

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page )1

[Telegram]

5396. The Secretary of the Treasury has received from the Secretary of State paraphrase of a telegram from our Minister at Athens, dated August 19, and setting forth substantially the fact that the Greek Government desires a loan to be made by the United States Government for military expenditures necessary in connection with the mobilization of the Greek Army for operations against the Central powers. In view of these facts the Secretary of the Treasury hopes that the Government to which you are accredited will at its earliest convenience name the members of the Inter-Ally [Page 571] Council, the organization of which has been approved by it through its representatives at this Capital, and the functions of which are particularly to study the material needs of the various Allied powers for military purposes, and recommend to the Secretary of the Treasury such of those needs as may be thus fulfilled in the United States. The case thus presented by the application of Greece for assistance is one peculiarly illustrating the importance of a coordinated study of such problems in order that the wisest use may be made of the limited funds placed in the hands of the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States as an aid to the carrying on of the war against Germany.

Lansing
  1. The same, on the same date, transmitted for the Secretary of the Treasury to the Ambassadors in Russia (No. 1693), France (No. 2620), and Italy (No. 907).