File No. 862.85/106

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Siam ( Arnold)


Your August 7, 10 a.m.1 Telegraph exact status of situation. American Government desires to be considered in any apportionment of these steamers and you will so notify Siamese Government. Department understands that it is proposed to allot 35 per cent to the British, a similar amount to the French, and 30 per cent to the Japanese, with the understanding that the latter will utilize the tonnage or its equivalent in relieving the war needs of the Allies, to which restriction the Japanese object. American Government especially anxious to share in the distribution of this tonnage and you will keep Department informed of any developments that may give this Government opportunity to participate.