The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Japan (Neville)
14. Trying to get the Japanese to act on the ratification of the Paris peace pact has rather discouraged me, and I am not able to get any assurance from them that they intend to act at any time within the near future. If Japan could ratify before I leave office about March 25 or 26, I would accept a telegraphic copy of their ratification and later substitute their original.
On March 7 I intimated to the Japanese Ambassador that, should Japan not intend to ratify the pact within the near future, I might be forced to request the other Powers to sign a protocol putting the treaty into effect without Japanese ratification.