Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Diary of Lieutenant Commander Charles R. Train, United States Naval Attaché at Rome

[Extract]

Saturday Ap 7.

     The paper announced the declaration of war [by the United States] at noon - & at 3 I received a cable from Sec. Navy1 announcing it officially whereupon I paid my respects on the Minister of the Navy Vice Ad Corsi2 & so informed him. At 7- a tremendous demonstration of Romans marched from Piazza Colonna to the Embassy. A committee of citizens paid their respects on the Ambassador,3 while the Embassy staff threw flowers & American flags down upon the crowd, which came to about 15,000 people. M Page made them a speech in Italian . . . I was informed by the Minister that I would receive all privileges & information as other allies.

Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Charles Train Papers, Box 1.

Footnote 1: Josephus Daniels.

Footnote 2: VAdm. Camillo Corsi.

Footnote 3: Thomas Nelson Page.

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