December 12, 1919Miss Jane Adddams,
Dear Miss Addams:
I saw Mr. Scattergood the evening before he sailed and he had taken up the telegram you forwarded me with Mr. Hoover. The only food Mr. Hoover knows about at Trieste is that belonging to the American Relief Administration and it is two months supply which they are guarding like a dog for distribution among the children of Vienna and the rest of Austria. It will put off starvation from many for those two months; to turn it over to the whole population of Vienna -- it would not last a week. He feels that it must be safeguarded for the children.
So much I can quote. Confidentially, I gather that it would be difficult to over-color the Austrian situation, and that Mr. Hoover feels that the situation must grow worse before it will grow better because not until the world sees actual starvation in the face of Central Europe as it did in the middle ages will the world and America wake up to respond to the need.