Britain's determination to put an end to German aggression was reaffirmed by the Prime Minister in his fifth review of the war in the House of Commons yesterday.
The agreement between Germany and Russia, Mr. Chamberlain said, did not modify the attitude this country had felt it right to take. Speaking of "peace" proposals, he said that no threat would ever induce this country or France to abandon the purpose for which they had entered upon the struggle.
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."
Yesterday's news, the latest, so to speak: President Mościcki President of Polandis interned in Romania. Some "government" has been formed in Paris, with Raczkiewicz serving as "President" and Zaleski as foreign minister. This is Poland now. I don't know what happened to BeckPolish Foreign Minister. But there are no rumours that anyone committed suicide.
They are still not issuing passes to Warsaw. And the world goes on: the sun is warming the chilly air, two puppies are rolling in the mud in front of our house.
What is the second event of this first month? It is, of course, the assertion of the power of Russia. Russia has pursued a cold policy of self-interest. We could have wished that the Russian Armies should be standing on their present line as the friends and allies of Poland, instead of as invaders. But that the Russian Armies should stand on this line was clearly necessary for the safety of Russia against the Nazi menace.
We have, I think, all of us the thought that at the termination of the European War, whether it comes soon or next Summer or three years or five years from now, there will be a very large number of refugees - refugees of various Christian faiths, as well as Jewish-refugees coming not from one country but from many countries, including even England and France and Italy. See more
These people may be refugees because the place they live in will no longer allow them to stay; or they may be refugees whose homes and property have been utterly destroyed and have no chance to start life anew in the old setting; refugees who for reasons of conscience, Christian and Jewish, feel that they can no longer tolerate the civilization in which they have been brought up; refugees whose family ties have been destroyed and who want to start life in a wholly new environment.
Following up on the telephone conversation with Ambassador ŁukasiewiczPolish Ambassador to France, I am asking for instructions regarding the Speakers of the Sejm and the Senate, as well as around 40 deputies and senators. Paris must solve the issue of visas. I am asking for instructions regarding funding.
We plan on creating assistance centers for Poles in Germany and on occupied territories under the auspices of the Swedish mission in Bern. I am asking for the broadest possible authority to be granted to the Swedish representative in Bern. We will be able to provide personnel and cover the expenses.
Speaking in the House of Lords about Poland, Lord Halifax declared:
"The President of the Republic of Poland has resigned. According to the Constitution, his duties have been taken up by the former Speaker of the Polish Senate. The Polish government has established its seat on French soil; His Majesty's Government will recognize this Government and there is no doubt that it will continue to maintain the intact spirit of Polish independence and Polish resistance."
Quai d'Orsay officially announced that officers and privates of the Polish Army, as well as Polish volunteers, who would be applying to join Polish units in France, will be granted entry visas.
In some cases, the fitness of the volunteers will be examined at the Embassy or Consulate.
Poland has been again overrun by two of the great powers which held her in bondage for 150 years but were unable to quench the spirit of the Polish nation. The heroic defense of Warsaw shows that the soul of Poland is indestructible, and that she will rise again like a rock which may for a spell be submerged by a tidal wave but which remains a rock.
Some rain in the night, the day overcast & rather muggy. A light shower or two in the afternoon. The ground is still very dry a few inches under the surface. Dug over all the flower garden except the small beds. After the earth has settled the new flowers can go in.