File No. 656.119/194a

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


761. For your information from War Trade Board:

Informed Danish Minister today their proposal of February 14 [13] did not interest us. That we only cared to take up one matter with him, namely, tonnage, which is the only thing they have to compensate us for what they require from us. That as to tonnage we would not consider any proposal now that did not give us for the duration of the war the tonnage which their proposal offers us on charter for only six months. Also that 80,000 tons of this must go into the war zone. That until Denmark saw fit to change its [Page 1320]proposal respecting tonnage to meet these requirements we did not think anything would be gained by discussing balance of proposal. He is cabling his Government to this effect.