500.C/1024: Telegram

The Consul General at Geneva (Tittmann) to the Secretary of State

119. Consulate’s telegram No. 107, July 6, 11 a.m. I have been keeping in frequent contact with Avenol and other members of the Secretariat but they have been able to vouchsafe little of a factual character in regard to the future plans for the League and the whole situation remains extremely fluid and obscure. However one cannot ignore the rumors which have become more persistent in the last few days that a general liquidation of the League Secretariat is being considered. Among the higher officials of the Secretariat there is an obvious difference of opinion in regard to what should be done. Avenol, I feel, favors liquidation but he may be persuaded to defer to the desire of a number of the other officials who are anxious to hold the organization together somehow. Some of the latter find attractive the Princeton offer as a partial solution.23

  1. For text of cable dated July 26, 1940, from the Secretary General of the League of Nations to the President of Princeton University, accepting the Princeton offer, see Documents on American Foreign Relations, vol. iii, July 1940–June 1941, p. 644.