Messersmith, G.S., Vienna. Despatch No. 856 to Secretary of State [Cordell Hull], Washington.
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Dr. Rost van Tonningen has resigned as League of Nations financial adviser in Austria, stating that the present soundness of Austrian economy made his trusteeship superfluous, and that his services are needed in his native Holland; personal considerations may have affected his decision; van Tonningen had been close personal friend of Chancellor Dollfuss and had exerted a measure of political influence; after death of Dollfuss, he did not enjoy the same influence, Chancellor Schuschnigg being known for keeping his own counsel and rarely asking advice; following Italy's flouting of the League in the matter of Abyssinia and getting her own way, League prestige had dwindled in Austria; van Tonningen ambitious, positive, and accustomed to having his own way; a known Fascist, he makes no secret of his plans to form a Fascist party in Holland.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.