NEW YORK (Mar. 31)
The New York Times said in a Washington dispatch today that it had learned on good authority that American officials were preparing a complete report on German propaganda on the basis of data gathered since the European war began.
Disclosure of these preparations came on the heels of issuance of the German White Book on alleged American machinations for war, the authenticity of which drew official denials in all Washington quarters.
“Day by day since the war started, it was disclosed,” the dispatch said, “a careful record has been kept of German attempts to influence or divide American opinion at critical moments through official statements in Berlin, or inspired press reports, or by other channels. The results of this labor are now being carefully correlated and analyzed for official purposes and, perhaps, for eventual publication.”
The dispatch at the same time reported persistent, undenied rumors that Clarence E. Pickett, the Quaker leader, would be appointed the first American Ambassador to the Reich since withdrawal of Hugh Wilson at the height of the anti-Jewish drive. Issuance of the Nazi White Book, however, has made a new exchange of Ambassadors between Germany and America “unlikely,” the dispatch added, quoting informed State Department quarters.