860c.4016/84: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace23

2326. Your 2563, June 14th, 1 p.m.

Committee on Foreign Affairs had under consideration resolutions more or less condemning Polish Government on basis of newspaper reports regarding alleged pogroms in Poland. Department informed Committee of substance of telegraphic correspondence with Warsaw with result that Committee decided to postpone further consideration [Page 765] of resolutions and taking of testimony regarding alleged Polish outrages pending receipt of report of facts in the case from Gibson, Colonel Bailey and Doctor Bogen.

The Department announced that Gibson, Bailey and Bogen would make an investigation. The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee thereupon announced that the investigation by his Committee would be postponed and included in his statement to the press the last portion of Gibson’s telegram 114 [44], June 2nd, Mission’s 2439, June 7th,24 in which the latter made practical suggestions for quieting the situation in Poland. In addition the Department gave out the substance of Warsaw’s No. 38, May 31st, Mission’s 2383,25 containing Gibson’s interview with General Pilsudski and also portion of Gibson’s 35 May 30th Missions 2382.26 The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee has advised both the Poles and the Jews that in the opinion of the Committee public meetings of remonstrance in the United States should cease. The Department has endeavored to allay the general excitement in this country and to point out in various instances to inquirers that many of the press reports of pogroms appear to be greatly exaggerated.

Please repeat to Gibson for his information.

  1. See last paragraph for instructions to repeat to Gibson, Minister in Poland.
  2. Ante, p. 756.
  3. Ante, p. 752.
  4. Ante, p. 750.