File No. 763.72/12055
The Ambassador in France ( Sharp ) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 5.]
Sir: Referring to my telegram No. 5492 of the 19th instant, 12 p.m.,1 I have the honor now to enclose copies of the statement left by Dr. Ante Trumbich, to which reference was therein made. It may be of interest to the Department to know that after the Doctor left me at the Chancery, inasmuch as he was to depart for London early the following morning, he spent the whole of that evening until 6 o’clock in the morning preparing this statement, which, however, his secretary was not able to get typewritten for delivery for some days thereafter.
In the light of recent events, all of the Doctor’s observations as to the rebellion among the Yugo-Slavs against Austria, and their [Page 865] willingness to fight with the Allied armies, would seem to be fully confirmed.
References to the hostile feeling exercised by the Italian Government toward his people reflect the feelings which the Yugo-Slavs—and, for that matter, the Serbians also—have toward Italy. It is one of distrust and dislike. The Albanians have much the same prejudice, and it might be said that all the peoples living on the eastern coast of the Adriatic look with jealous eye toward any encroachment of Italian authority on that soil.
In a subsequent despatch I will forward a very instructive and interesting map1 which Doctor Trumbich left with me, and which shows the section of that coast which, by the London agreement in 1915, Great Britain, Russia and France stipulated should be given to Italy as the price of her entrance into the war.
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