File No. 763.72112/240
Senator Fletcher to the Secretary of State
Sir: Herewith is telegram just received from Mr. E. J. L’Engle of Jacksonville, Florida, who is speaking for the naval stores people.[Page 298]
The term “naval stores,” as you know, means spirits of turpentine and rosin. Both are shipped in barrels. They would constitute necessary ballast for cotton cargoes. Two thirds of the market, or more, for naval stores is found in foreign countries, but particularly in Europe. This market having been cut off by the war leaves the industry in a very precarious condition. It would be a blessing to the naval stores people, which include all the states where the yellow pine grows, if these markets could be opened up, or if shipments could be safely made to them. I hope, therefore, you will make every possible effort to secure the allowance of naval stores along with cotton shipments. I would be obliged if you will advise what conclusion is reached after you have taken the matter up with the British Ambassador.
Very respectfully and sincerely,