The United States does not recognize the conquest of Poland by force and will maintain relations with the reorganized Polish Government, now in France, Secretary of State Cordell Hull announced today.
Mr. Hull ignored the claims of Germany and Soviet Russia that their partition of Poland must stand as a fait accompli, by asserting that mere seizure of territory did not extinguish a legal government. He used language reminiscent of the Kellogg-Briand treaty when he referred to Poland as a victim of "force used as an instrument of national policy."
BRITAIN AND FRANCE IN WAR AT 6 A.M.;
HITLER WON’T HALT ATTACK ON POLES;
CHAMBERLAIN CALLS EMPIRE TO FIGHT
Premier Mussolini tonight sought to prevent Polish-German hostilities from spreading into a general European war by arranging a negotiated settlement.
Conferences that the British and French Ambassadors had with Foreign Minister Count Ciano were believed to be connected directly with an Italian proposal of a five-power conference disclosed in London by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and Foreign Secretary Viscount Halifax.
The possibility of halting the German-Polish conflict and arranging & peaceable settlement was believed to have been discussed at the diplomatic conferences, but no official information was forthcoming.
Some foreign observers believed, however, that Signor Mussolini had been asked to use his influence on Adolf Hitler to halt fighting in Poland, call his army back and negotiate a settlement of his demands on the Poles.
Paris awakened today to the shattering news that Germany had actually attacked Poland and that general French mobilization had been called for tomorrow. And Paris with magnificent courage and calm accepted this news, the most momentous and tragic since the last months just before the victorious end of the World War in 1918.