File No. 659.119/185

The Chargé in Denmark ( Grant-Smith) to the Secretary of State


1850. Your unnumbered via London January 20 [19]. Proposal of American Government to Denmark January 17, 1918 …

No date being set for acceptance, it is probable that while Denmark deliberates she may export exceptional amount of cattle, horses, butter, and bacon to Germany and annul effect of agreement. This danger seems real, for in December, cattle export had reached 11,000 per week, bacon 280 tons per week, and butter 256 tons, being much in excess of 38 per cent of exportable surplus on present production. Also this is period for which Danish counterproposal asks for special privilege and in which Germany most needs imports. It is suggested that Denmark be requested to maintain ordinary export rules during deliberations. Further comments will follow.