740.00116 European War 1939/22: Telegram

The Ambassador in Poland ( Biddle ) to the Secretary of State

251. For the President and Secretary.

Beck just informed me that despite Hitler’s proposals to limit bombardment from air to military objectives and Poland’s agreement to adhere to this principle (see my 247, September 2, 10 a.m.) Beck’s reports just received indicate that at 8 o’clock this morning German planes bombarded (a) town of Ciechanów in vicinity of East Prussian frontier killing 21 civilians and 4 soldiers and wounding 36 civilians, 9 of whom were women, 4 were children; (b) city of Lublin killing 30 persons; number of wounded still unknown.
Beck states his Government takes extremely grave view of these acts especially in view of Hitler’s proposals transmitted through The Hague and is considering what action will be taken.