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Summary of telegram of August 31st -
      from His Majesty's Ambassador in Warsaw
M. Beck has just handed me written Polish reply to my representations 
      of last night. Translation is given in my following telegram. 
      M. Beck particularly asked that it should be treated as highly 
2. I asked Minister for Foreign Affairs what action he proposed 
      taking to establish contact with German Government. He replied 
      that he would now instruct Polish Minister in Berlin to see either 
      Minister for Foreign Affairs or State Secretary, in order to 
      say that Poland had accepted the British proposals set forth 
      in your telegrams. I urged him to do this at once.
3.I then asked what line M. Lipsky would take if Herr von 
      Ribbentrop, or whoever else he saw, handed him German proposal. 
      M. Beck said the Ambassador would not be authorised to accept 
      such a document since in the light of previous experience it 
      might be accompanied by some sort of ultimatum. He felt it was 
      essential that contact should be made first of all and that then 
      details should be discussed as to where, with whom, and on what 
      basis negotiations should be begun.
4. He pointed out that the situation in Danzig was becoming 
      extremely serious. Polish officials were being arrested, railway 
      traffic was held up, and he felt it essential that immediate 
      measures be taken to set up a modus vivendi in order to allow 
      the release of the arrested 
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