Messersmith, G.S., Vienna. To J[ay] Pierrepont Moffat, Washington.

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Glad the case of Mrs. [Erhardt] Hammerand happily cleared up; [Alfred Hoyt] Granger so pleased with visit to President [Wilhelm] Miklas, he probably left Vienna happy; his book on Austria may be interesting and helpful; received Department's instructions regarding Dr. [Julius] Deutsch and understands that he could not be refused visa; Deutsch has already sailed for U.S. and will make lecture tour arranged by Socialist and Jewish interests; Deutsch living on past glory, and has no significance now; does not represent Austria, or even the Austrian Social Democrats and can speak only his own opinions; if this could be brought discreetly to attention of proper people, ill effects of trip might be mitigated; Austrian press reports Goebbels sending [Alfred] Frauenfeld to U.S.; he is hot headed and irresponsible, and if he goes to U.S. should be treated as such; delighted Harvard refused [Ernst Franz Sedgwick] Hanfstangel's offer of scholarship; [Franz] von Papen making himself objectionable; when Hungarian Foreign Minister was in Vienna for brief visit with Chancellor, von Papen barged in to see him; von Papen now making trips about Austria, meeting with German societies and making speeches; appreciates Department's telegram concerning Vacuum Oil Company and glad Department agrees with attitude Legation took; [Ernest L.] Harris, Consul General, on vacation; Harris will reach retirement age in 1935; prolongation of his service should not be considered; likes Harris personally, but feels he no longer performs useful service, and too many more competent men deserve promotion; press reports about conditions in Austrian concentration camps and prisons incorrect; talked to Mr. Ferriere, who had been sent by Swiss organization to inspect camps and prisons; Ferriere reported that he talked to prisoners freely; found them well housed, well fed, and generally well treated; [Raymond] Geist reports that he has left Berlin for vacation which he has earned and needs; is sure he will be great help to [Douglas] Jenkins; they will have hands full; American interests in Germany will be hurt more and more; Secretary [Cordell Hull's] stand against necessarily balanced trade between all countries both wise and farseeing; calls attention to memorandum accompanying dispatch No. 199 on necessity of placing American interests abroad in hands of Americans; when foreigners are employed as agents or managers, there is often conflict of interest.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.