File No. 763.72/6210

The Minister in Liberia ( Curtis ) to the Secretary of State


Department’s July 28, 5 p.m. Instructions followed. Suggestions Liberian Government were adopted. French naval vessel arrived yesterday morning. Joint resolution declaring war against Germany unanimously passed by Liberian Congress an hour later. All German men in Monrovia were arrested by Liberian soldiers before commander came ashore and all except the manager of each firm, who are left here to inventory and turn over German property to the Liberian Government, were taken aboard French naval vessel at 4 o’clock p.m.

French naval vessel sailed last night for Grand Bassa, thence to Sinu and thence to Cape Palmas where all German men will be taken aboard after a sufficient wait to enable them to inventory and turn over their property to the Liberian Government. Returning from last mentioned place, managers left here, Grand Bassa, and Sinu, together with all Germans at Cape Mount, will be picked up, and the French naval vessel will then proceed to France.

Women and former German Consul and Receiver will sail under safe-conduct at the earliest practicable date for Germany via Scandinavian states.

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The conduct of Liberian soldiers admirable. No disorder among the populace.