No. 80 NAI DE 2/526

Nancy Wyse Power to Dublin

Paris, 28 April 1921 (acknowledged 9 May 1921)

A Chara, I have come over here to consult Seán T. [O'Ceallaigh] on various points, and am sending this from Paris. I return to Berlin to-morrow, and expect to start work next week, with what result remains to be seen. I would point out that I have as yet received no literature from home and that it is difficult to conduct propaganda without same. I have spent over ten days in Berlin and seen most of the Irish crowd, with the exception of Colonel Emerson who was in the Tyrol. I think that no one of them is suitable to edit the Bulletin - C.[hatterton] - H.[ill] may have a certain amount of journalistic ability and experience, but has not a good grasp of the Irish situation: although I tried to meet him in an unprejudiced spirit, I am quite convinced that he is not the type of man to be put in charge of work of this kind. Of course, if there was someone to direct him, it might be different: the question is would he take direction? I doubt it.

I should be very much obliged if HQ would let me have a line giving me some idea as to what it proposes doing. The way would then be clear enough. As it is, I find it extremely difficult to keep all these people on hands without allowing any of them to establish a claim on me. I think I mentioned already that Col. E. is a man interested in all kinds of societies and that he is very unlikely to devote himself to one aspect of our case.

I have had a conversation with Professor J. in which he put before me the following views which he had already expressed to J.D. I am quite aware that my function is not to form an estimate of the opportuneness or otherwise of this work, but, as this gentleman has opportunities of being exceptionally well-informed, I think it would be a pity, if his views on this matter did not reach you. Of course, you may know them already. His opinion is that the Allies are at present on Germany's neck, that Germany simply cannot refuse to do anything they demand, and that England is almost sure to force the German Govt. to put a stop to the Press bureau, not to stop the propaganda, but for the sake of the bad moral effect of such action, especially in America. Undoubtedly, France as well as England would be glad to drive a wedge of this kind, and the German Govt. would be absolutely powerless.

For some time letters may be sent to me c/o Frau Neubacher, Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Nassauischestr. 4., but do not use it for too long. I shall get some more addresses. Please have the papers sent out.

N.[ancy] [Wyse] P.[ower]


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