File No. 611.529/158

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page)


4902. Owing shortage tonnage and difficulty our sulphuric acid manufacturers procuring sufficient Spanish pyrites Shipping Board have offered to turn over Department Commerce for bringing pyrites several steamers. Layton of British mission cabled last week asking if British Government would permit mine owners to sell necessary [Page 1204] pyrites but so far no answer received. Must have prompt action or Shipping Board will use steamers elsewhere. Please endeavor expedite matter and secure consent British Government.