File No. 763.72/10291

The Ambassador in Italy ( Page ) to the Secretary of State


1707. The Czecho-Slovak and Jugo-Slav movements acquiring increased energy, the former much strengthened by having sent some 12,000 troops to war zone under Italian general. The Allied Council at Paris issued a coup de grâce in favor of independence of Poland and limited itself to any other [a mere?] declaration of sympathy with the Czecho-Slovak and Jugo-Slav aspirations for independence, associating itself with the views of the Government of the United States expressed by Mr. Lansing. This intuition [distinction?] seems to have hit Jugo-Slav leaders; Signor Trumbić, the president of that body, has personally called my attention to it.

The Esthonian delegates were received by Baron Sonnino who is reported to have said that the Italian Government is disposed to recognize in a provisional way their National Council as de facto independent organization, reserving till the peace congress, the decision as to their future independence.

Nelson Page