The Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace
3325. For Herty from War Trade Board. We have issued today the allocation certificates referred to in the last paragraph of Department’s 3262, September 27, 4 p.m. These certificates authorize consumers to secure immediately through any commercial channels available the amounts of vat dyes mentioned in Department’s 3279, September 29, 4 p.m.90 Our announcement issued simultaneously with the certificates contained the following notice. “The War Trade Board Section takes this occasion to inform you that negotiations have been instituted with a view to securing German dyes at prices similar to those contemplated in Annex VI of Part VIII of the Treaty of Peace with Germany. You will be advised promptly of such arrangements as may result from these negotiations, and of the method whereby holders of Allocation Certificates may avail themselves of said arrangements.”
We did not feel warranted in maintaining any longer a prohibition against the importation of vat dyes awaiting the outcome of the current negotiations in Paris. It is most important that you cable us promptly and fully as soon as a plan has been definitely adopted so that we will be enabled to keep consumers informed as to the possibility of securing their vat dye allotments at Treaty prices.
Are you sure that the prices which our consumers will pay for dyes under the London plan will be the prices mentioned in the inventory lists of August 15th converted into dollars at the rate prevailing at the time the plan is finally agreed to?
- Not printed.↩