File No. 763.72114/4041

The Secretary of War ( Baker) to the Secretary of State

The Secretary of War presents his compliments to the Honorable the Secretary of State and has the honor to acknowledge the receipt [Page 60]of his letter of September 18, in which it is stated that there is no objection on the part of the State Department to officer prisoners of war taken by the American forces being brought to the United States.

This matter is now before the conference at Berne, Switzerland. You will be informed of the final decision as to the disposition of these prisoners, after the report of this conference has been received.