The Ambassador in Italy (Fletcher) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 22—2:42 p.m.]
119. A note has been received from the Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, which states that on account of reports contained in recent telegraphic news despatches sent to the Chicago Tribune by George Seldes, Tribune correspondent at Rome, he is to be considered persona non grata in Italy, and I am requested to inform him that it is considered inadvisable for him to remain here. I have given him this message. Five other correspondents of American newspapers have asked me to request for them an audience with the Under Secretary for a discussion of the situation.