File No. 763.72119/1177

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


8406. To the Secretary and President:

The British press regards German Chancellor’s speech as the voice of Hindenburg to which is added an effort to induce every belligerent to enter into separate negotiations—France about Alsace-Lorraine, the United States about freedom of seas, and so on. Their comments show that they do not regard this speech as bringing peace any nearer. The milder tone of Austrian Foreign Minister is noted but the substance of his speech is thought to show the same guiding hand in Berlin.