The Chargé in Germany (White) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 17—9:30 a.m.]
68. Your 48, April 13, 6 p.m. Department’s questions communicated verbally to Foreign Office which emphasized that negotiations must continue through German Embassy, Washington. The latter received instructions about 10 days ago both as to settlement of smaller claims and filing counterevidence in sabotage cases. These, however, require further elaboration on minor details and corresponding cable will be sent. Foreign Office will notify me when sent and stated such cable should reach Washington prior to arrival of Paulig who sails April 19th on Albert Ballin. Foreign Office denies that replies dependent on his presence.
I gather that Foreign Office was surprised that Department was still without news and indicated that there would be no trouble on settlement of smaller claims. No indication, however, given as to filing counterclaims in sabotage cases. As to the last mentioned, Foreign Office has previously intimated purely for my personal information its regret that these had been reopened.