863.00/829: Telegram

The Minister in Austria (Earle) to the Secretary of State

67. Have just had long interview with German Minister Rieth. He states that he has agents throughout Austria in every class and occupation; that he knows Nazi secret organization in Austria grows daily in strength; that it already includes 50 percent of the people; that it may seize control at any time and that Dollfuss government cannot possibly last more than 6 months; and that with Nazi control will come great anti-Semitic action in Vienna. I think Rieth believes all this. However, there is no further evidence to change my opinion expressed in my telegram of November 8, No. 62.