File No. 763.72119/1158

The Minister in Sweden ( Morris) to the Secretary of State


1357. For the President:

The Minister for Foreign Affairs in an informal and confidential conversation this morning stated that yesterday Count Hadik, the Austrian Minister, had told him that Count Czernin was practically in entire accord with the views expressed in the President’s message; that as to Alsace-Lorraine it was after all a purely German question, and one in which Austria was not concerned.

Upon my asking if he thought the Austrian Minister was authorized to make such a statement he smiled, and replied that he did not consider him the kind of man to speak of such matters without being sure of his ground.