The Assistant Secretary of State ( Castle ) to the Italian Ambassador ( Martino )

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: I have received your letter of January 4, 1928, in which you call my attention to the translation of an article stated to have been published in the December 8, 1927 issue of Il Nuovo Mondo, attacking the Italian Government.

I deeply regret that any newspaper published in this country should permit the political opinions of its staff regarding the conduct of a foreign Government to be publicly expressed in the foolish and intemperate language reproduced in your note under acknowledgment.

I have, however, no option but to point out that, as in the previous case mentioned by you, there would be no likelihood, under our existing laws, of successful prosecution in the instance now quoted by you.

Very sincerely yours,

W. R. Castle, Jr.