File No. 763.72/10353

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


Department’s June 3, 3 [5] p.m. French Chargé d’Affaires here has verbally confirmed to me in the presence of acting British Consul Legation’s information reported in its cable May 21, 10 a.m., that French wireless station at Monrovia is now in condition to be again operated. Accordingly no effort is being made at present by France to secure consent of Liberian Government to utilize German wireless station.

The reply of Liberian Government to Legation’s inquiry as to whether it is offering objection to France using German station follows:

Owing to the exposed situation of the German wireless in this city to submarine attack it would seem to the Liberian Government that the advice confidentially given it with respect to reerection of the French wireless station and now in the same sense communicated through you to your Government, to wit, “if the reerection of the French wireless station is contemplated it would be most unwise to leave it within range of a submarine mounting 6-inch guns “, ought under the circumstances equally apply to the German wireless station.

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Confidential advice above referred to was given by British Government to Liberia in a secret communication dated April 26; same was mentioned in Legation’s cable May 8, 8 a.m.