Unlisted as a passenger, William E. Dodd, United States Ambassador to Germany, arrived on the liner Manhattan Friday. He immediately entrained for Washington, where he is to confer with President Roosevelt. A new commercial treaty between the two countries will be discussed.
Ambassador Dodd, who intends to take a short rest “somewhere in the country,” when discovered by reporters declined to comment on the German situation, but issued the following statement:
“I am returning home on a short leave granted by the State Department in order to get some much needed relaxation from the tense European atmosphere. Contrary to the prediction of many students of international problems, I feel fairly certain that we shall not have war in the near future. No people is in a position to make profitable war and the masses are everywhere more opposed to war than is commonly supposed.
“The positive inference and strenuous example of the President have exerted a tremendous pressure everywhere and it is my hope that in the next few years commercial and national barriers shall ## so modified that world-wide bedcover and general peace may become fixtures. Certainly in Germany there is an improving state of public opinion as to the outside world and the domestic economic situation is being eased up.”