500.A15A5/232: Telegram

The Chairman of the American Delegation (Davis) to the Secretary of State

20. Your No. 12, October 31, 5 p.m. I have carefully avoided saying anything that could be construed as a threat of what we would do in case of abrogation of the Washington Treaty. The intimation that [Page 325] the United States might fortify its possessions in the Pacific if the Japanese scrapped the treaty was first contained in a Reuter’s despatch as coming from Washington official circles.