The Italian Ambassador (De Martino) to the Acting Secretary of State
My Dear Mr. Castle: I want to call your attention on the closing paragraph of the article published in the November 29th issue of the radical paper Il Martello, entitled “Civilta’ Fascista”. A copy and translation of this paragraph is herewith enclosed.
You will see that this paragraph contains a clear instigation to murder: which confirms once more the dangerous character of the publications of said paper.
You will, I believe, agree with me that publications of this sort are an insult and a menace to the Chief of a Government which entertains cordial relations with the United States, not only, but they represent beyond doubt, an encouragement to crime.
I would, therefore, be very grateful to you for considering what measures could be taken against Il Martello so that its criminal propaganda may be stopped.
Believe me [etc.]