852.00/2988: Telegram

The Ambassador in Spain (Bowers), Then in France, to the Secretary of State

93. My telegram number 91, September 3, 3 p.m. Castro did not attend meeting of Corps but previously promised to consult Madrid by telephone. Meeting resolved itself into an informal conversation on what report Corps give to press in event Government maintains position of its last note. Italian Ambassador vehemently urged publication of all correspondence which all agree would be seized upon by rebels for propaganda. Since we did not sign note of Corps which has suffered a rebuff from the Government and since we now know it to have been unwelcome by the Government, I am strongly persuaded [Page 524] we should not now join in signing note urged by Italian Ambassador and others. My suggestion that if any report made to press it should merely say that Corps had done all in its power to bring about an agreement between the belligerents has been unsuccessfully [sic] frowned upon by the partisans. I think we could sign such a note without offense. The possibilities of European complications I have pointed out from the beginning more glaring than ever. Another meeting called for 6 this evening and in the absence of instructions to the contrary will act in accordance with suggestions herein, unless you consider it best not to attend at all.65

  1. By telegram No. B–18, September 4, 1 p.m., the Secretary of State instructed the Ambassador not to attend meeting and not to sign note.