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1916. 4511 Chargé Grew to the Sec- Oct. 23 States he has brought, inretary of State (tele

formally and orally, to at-
gram).

tention of Under Secre-
tary of State for Foreign
Affairs question of Bel-

gian laborerg.
4535 Chargé Grew to the Sec- Oct. 27 Reports he sought a further
retary of State (tele-

interview with the Ger-
gram).

man Under Secretary for
Foreign Affairs regarding
the enforcement of labor
on Belgian citizens and
pointed out that this ac-
tion, it involved
definite breach of interna-
tional law would make

very bad impression

abroad. 3539 The Secretary of State Nov. 2 Authorizes him to make reto Chargé Grew (tele

quest for

interview
gram).

with the Chancellor in
regard to Belgian de-
portations and point out
the unfortunate impres-
sion which would be cre-
ated by the proposed pol-

icy in neutral countries.
The Secretary of State Nov. 29 Instructs him to obtain an
to Chargé Grew (tele-

interview with the Ger-
gram).

man Chancellor and re-
peat that the United
States Government has
learned of Germany's in-
tention to deport from
Belgium a portion of the
civilian population for the
purpose of forcing them
to labor in Germany and
is constrained to protest
in a friendly spirit, but
most solemnly, against
this action.

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1916.
Chargé Grew to the Sec. Dec. 11 Transmits the German Gov-
retary of State (tele-

ernment's reply to the
gram).

formal representations of
the United States concern-
ing the deportation of

Belgians.
4756 Chargé Grew to the Sec. Dec. 20 Quotes note from German
retary of State (tele.

Foreign Office of Dec. 18,
gram).

which states that a num-
ber of the deported Bel-
gian workmen had been

returned to Belgium.
4913 Chargé Grew to the Sec- Dec. 21 Transmits copy of order is-
retary of State.

sued by Governor General
of Belgium May 15, 1916,

regarding unemployed Bel

1917. gian citizens. 5397 Ambassador W. H. Page to Jan. 2 Quotes statement received the Secretary of State

from Mr. Hoover saying
(telegram).

there has been no change
in German policy since the
President's

protest and
that deportation continues

on a large scale.
Minister Whitlock to the Jan. 2 Reports that it is difficult
Secretary of State (tele-

to obtain information that
gram).

is accurate regarding de-
portations, because facili-
ties for communication

are lacking in Belgium.
J. No. The German Ambassador Jan. 8 Incloses memorial sent by
to the Secretary of State.

German Government
the employment of Bel-
gian laborers in Ger-
many, refuting the false
statements of Germany's

enemies.
491 Minister Whitlock to the Jan. 16 Reports at length on the
Secretary of State.

deportation of Belgian

workmen. 429 Minister Whitlock to the Jan. 17 States that summonses to Secretary of State.

appear for examination

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Statement given to the Mar. 24 Reviews facts leading up to
press.

the withdrawal of Minis-
ter Whitlock from Bel-
gium.

PART X.

Peace Overtures of the Central Powers and Reply of Entente Powers.

272

273

1916.
Chargé Grew to the Sec- Dec. 12 Transmits official French
retary of State (tele.

translation of the peace
gram).

communication as handed
to him by Chancellor
von Bethmann-Hollweg on

Dec. 12.
Ambassador Elkus to the Dec. 12 Transmits note from Turk-
Secretary of State (tele-

ish Minister for Foreign
gram).

Affairs proposing peace

negotiations.
184 Chargé Warfield to the Dec. 15 Transmits copy and transla-
Secretary of State.

tion of note verbale
handed to him in person
by the Bulgarian Prime
Minister on Dec. 12, pro-
posing to enter into nego-

tiations for peace.
2308 Ambassador Penfield to the Dec. 16 Transmits copies and trans-
Secretary of State.

lations of note, dated Dec.
12, 1916, from the Im-
perial and Royal Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, in

274

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276

Peace Overtures of the Central Powers and ReplyContinued.

No.

From and to whom.

Date.

Subject.

Page.

277

1916.

which the Central Powers
state they are to enter into

negotiations for peace.
The Secretary of State to Dec. 16 Transmits peace overtures
Ambassador W. H. Page

of Central Powers for
(telegram).

presentation to Foreign
Office, with instructions
as to manner of presenta-

tion.
The Secretary of State to Dec. 16 Same as above...

Ambassador Sharp (tele

gram).
The Secretary of State Dec. 18 Same as above...

to Ambassador Francis

(telegram).
The Secretary of State to Dec. 16 Same as above.....

Ambassador T. N. Page

(telegram).
The Secretary of State Dec. 16 Same as above...

to Ambassador Guthrie

(telegram).
The Secretary of State to Dec. 16 Same as above...

Minister Vopicka (tele

gram).
The Secretary of State to Dec. 16 Same as above...

Consul Osborne (tele

gram).
Ambassador Sharp to the Dec. 29 Transmits Allied Govern-
Secretary of State (tele-

ments’ reply to the peace
gram).

overtures of the Central

Powers.

1917.
The Secretary of State to Jan. 2 Instructs Ambassador Ger-
Ambassador Gerard.

ard to deliver to the Ger-
man Government the note
of the Entente Powers, re-
plying to the overtures of

the Central Powers.
Ambassador Gerard to the Jan. 12 Transmits text of note from
Secretary of State (tele-

German Foreign Office,
gram).

discussing the reply of
the Entente Governments.

280

282

283

Peace Overtures of the Central Powers and Reply-Continued.

No.

From and to whom.

Date.

Subject.

Page.

285

1917.
Ambassador Penfield to the Jan. 12 Transmits text of note from
Secretary of State (tele-

Austro-Hungarian Minis-
gram).

ter of Foreign Affairs, dis-
cussing the reply of the
Entente Governments.

PART XI
Suggestions concerning the War Made by President Wilson
December 18, 1916, and Replies of Belligerents and Neutrals.

1916.
The Secretary of State to Dec. 18 Instructs him to present im-

288 Ambassador W. H. Page

mediately to the Minister
(telegram)..

of Foreign Affairs the
American note of Dec. 18,
1916, to belligerent Gov.
ernments suggesting an
avowal of views as to the
terms on which the war

might be concluded.
The Secretary of State Dec. 18 Instructs him to present im 291
to Ambassador Gerard

mediately to the Minister
(telegram).

of Foreign Affairs the
American note of Dec. 18,
1916, to belligerent Gov.
ernments suggesting an
avowal of views as to the
terms on which the war

might be concluded.
The Minister of Guate-Dec. 21 States he is instructed by

293 mala to the Secretary of

President of Guatemala to
State.

cooperate in accord with
the United States Govern-
ment in anything that
may be done for the

restoration of peace.
Ambassador Gerard to the Dec. 26 Quotes German reply to

294 Secretary of State (tele.

American note to belliggram).

erents of Dec. 18, 1916. Ambassador Elkus to the Dec. 26 Quotes Turkish reply to

295 Secretary of State (tele

American note to bellig. gram).

erents of Dec. 18, 1916.

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