File No. 763.72114/2842

The Minister in Switzerland ( Stovall) to the Secretary of State


1494. Your 850, August 20.1 Negotiations still pending but every expectation of early conclusion. Attitude of Swiss authorities entirely favorable but Postmaster General, Berne, has received no formal notification from French Post Office of assent of its Government to free transmission of parcels through France to German prisoners in America in spite of two inquiries, last of which sent fortnight ago. I have now taken up matter informally with French Embassy here which will urge French postal authorities to telegraph assent to Berne immediately. As soon as this obtained Swiss Post Office will be in position to notify Germany of success of negotiations and to complete arrangements.

  1. Not printed; see telegram No. 822, Aug. 8, ante, p. 6.