103.96/1550: Telegram

The Chargé in Great Britain ( Laughlin ) to the Secretary of State


3966. War Trade Board [from Sheldon]: No. 1924. The Rationing and Statistical Subcommittee in considering action along the lines suggested in State Department’s number 2813, undated, your number 1626, received November 15, 1918,15 were of opinion that the [Page 742] compilation of a restricted list of imports to the Northern Neutrals which still required control could not be quickly agreed to under the rapidly changing conditions at present without considerable delay. Pending agreement on such a restricted list, they have recommended to the A.B.C. a temporary free list composed of articles over which control of any kind seems unnecessary. It is proposed that this list be adopted as soon as consent can be obtained from all Associated Governments and remain in force with possible additions pending completion of a restricted list after which all articles not enumerated on the restricted list would be able to move freely. Will you please notify me as promptly as possible if you can approve this procedure and the free list which is as follows:… It is proposed publish list December fifty [fifth] to go into effect December fifty [fifteenth].16

  1. Ante, p. 731.
  2. The list was published in the Official U. S. Bulletin, Dec. 16, 1918, p. 8, and a similar list was published in the London Gazette, Dec. 20, 1918, p. 14940.