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File No. 800.24/59

The Chargé in Great Britain ( Laughlin) to the Secretary of State

[Telegram]

10357. For Crosby from Cravath:

No. 325. No further word in London as to attitude of our Government toward munitions program council which holds its first meeting [Page 578]in Paris Tuesday. Receive impression from Paris that Secretary of War will shortly appoint a representative, now in America, who will come over shortly. Have recommended that Pershing appoint temporary representatives but my last information indicated that he was in doubt as to his procedure. Presume it is likely he will receive instructions by Tuesday. Unless I receive other instructions by Tuesday morning, shall attend meeting simply as observer and to offer advice if requested. Dawes, representing Pershing, thinks this desirable.

Laughlin