File No. 763.72/9914

The Chargé in Liberia ( Bundy ) to the Secretary of State


Department’s May 1, 6 p.m. Raleigh arrived yesterday morning, commanding officer conferred with Liberian authorities who stated that Government does not desire to fortify Monrovia or any other Liberian port unless such fortification is entirely adequate to repel gun fire attack by submarine and therefore offer of 5-inch gun was not accepted. Small arms and ammunition were desired to resist any hostile landing from submarine and to suppress disorder on the part of native tribes. Commanding officer delivered to Government 15,000 rounds Krag ammunition and one Colt automatic machine gun with 15,000 rounds of ammunition therefor.

Later at an informal conference at which Allied representatives and commanding officer were present Government announced its decision relative to fortifying Liberian ports as above stated. Commanding officer expressed to the Legation the opinion that this decision of the Government is wise. Raleigh [leaves] here for Dakar 9th.

Liberian Government has shown me a communication dated April 26 marked secret from acting British Consul here which is construed by the Government as completely supporting its position on the question of fortification and defense. Does Department desire text of this communication cabled? I have furnished commanding officer a copy.