Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State (Castle)

The Italian Ambassador came in to present the new Counselor, Marquis Diana, and to say good-bye. We did not discuss any matters of importance. He told me, however, that he had seen Mr. Fama, who had come to call on him, and that Mr. Fama had told him he was going to stop making speeches against the Italian regime. I said that if this happened it certainly would make the situation easier for everyone. He also said that Mussolini had agreed to the dissolution of the Fascisti organizations in New York, that this, however, was something the Embassy could not take any active part in since the members of these organizations were primarily American citizens. He felt, however, that they would follow Mussolini’s advice and that that also would improve the situation.

W. R. Castle, Jr.