File No. 838.51/481

Minister Blanchard to the Secretary of State


Your February 18, 4 p.m. last paragraph. Mandates are still issued by the Government for payments desired by it. When received by the administrator of customs the facts are inquired into and payments made, when considered proper, to the individuals to whom the amounts are due, never to the Government payers. While these mandates are not necessary they serve to indicate the Government’s concurrence in payments made.