852.75 National Telephone Company/71: Telegram

The Ambassador in Spain (Laughlin) to the Secretary of State

101. Rock is informed by a source close to Government that if the American press were immediately to launch a rumor that I be at once withdrawn thus provoking a state of “semi-diplomatic rupture” in the event that Spain maintained an intransigeant attitude the peseta might react to such a statement thereby exercising an important and essential influence on the Spanish position.