File No. 763.72Su/84

The Diplomatic Liaison Officer with the Supreme War Council ( Frazier ) to the Secretary of State


36. Referring to my telegram No. 23, March 18, 4 p.m.,1 Signor Gallavresi of the Italian Legation in Berne informed me today that article 15 of the secret treaty between Great Britain and Italy had been imperfectly and inaccurately revealed by the Russian Maximalists.2 The actual sense of the article was that Great Britain had agreed, in case the Pope proposed peace negotiations with any intention of reviving the question of temporal power, not to accept his intervention without consulting Italy. Gallavresi could not tell me to what extent this article had been modified at the meeting on the 16th instant in London.