File No. 763.72119/1926

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


2022. Your circular 17th.1 Press universally approves President’s answer to Austrian note. Even the Daily News does not find fault. Especial delight is shown over rumor that reply was dispatched within half an hour of the receipt of the official text or, as several papers expressed it, by return of post. Mr. Balfour in a somewhat lengthy speech on Monday stated emphatically that in his opinion no advantage could be gained by accepting the Austrian offer or even giving serious consideration to it. The terseness of the President’s answer has been favorably compared editorially with the long discourse which Mr. Balfour thought it advisable to pronounce.

  1. Not printed; transmitting text of the note of that date to the Swedish Minister.