500.A15A4 General Committee/964: Telegram

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

882. Your 426, June 6, 7 p.m. The fact that Mowrer’s story was cabled from Paris rather than from the seat of the Conference is in itself indicative of the fact that it is a political editorial rather than a news article. Mowrer who called Pell10 by telephone told him that Knox, the owner of the Chicago Daily News, was there and that under his instructions he was sending a despatch charging the Americans with playing into the British hands.

The first paragraph of Mowrer’s despatch quoted by you is substantially what Pell told him. The rest of the views attributed to the Delegation are mere fiction. There was never the slightest intimation that it was our policy to follow the British in European matters but on the contrary it was made clear that it was our policy not to take sides with anyone but to take a stand on disarmament questions based solely upon American views and interests.

Knox of the Chicago Daily News is outspoken in stating that the purpose of his visit to Europe is political. He has been visiting certain countries with a view of getting material to attack the administration’s policy of a controlled economy and he is including disarmament or anything else as a means of attack. The Chicago Tribune correspondent11 here is, I am satisfied, sending despatches to accord with the policy of his paper as it is particularly popular in Chicago to attack Great Britain. I think you handled the matter admirably and now that we are working with the British and the French together even such criticism should die.

  1. Robert T. Pell, press officer of the American delegation.
  2. Edmond Taylor.