File No. 763.72119/1086
The Ambassador in Italy ( Page) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 9, 5.13 a.m.]
1342. Italian press comments on Lloyd George’s speech generally considered as very favorable though giving varied interpretations. Clerical press very favorable, points out similarities with Pope’s peace note. Socialist Avanti! is heavily censored but remainder is critical, also other Socialist papers. Conservative or Government press praises speech, holding that it helps greatly by defining and clearing situation while adhering to known Allied claims. Public men so far appear to be shy about expressing opinions.