The Special Representative ( House ) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 23—2:20 p.m.]
151. Secret for the President. Pursuant to your authorization3 I requested General Pershing to detail such officer in his command as he considered most competent to undertake the work of estimating the damage done by the Germans in Belgium and northern France on account of which reparation should be required from Germany. General Pershing has detailed for this work Brigadier General C. H. McKinstry. I have conferred with General McKinstry and have asked him to advise me after he has considered the problem how he believes this work [should?] be done.