The Ambassador in Frame (Wallace) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 25—1:37 a.m.]
1903. R–171. For War Trade Board and Davis.
“At full meeting Dyestuff Sub-commission held December 23 report statisticians was submitted, and decided that definite percentage should be arrived at as follows: German official export figures 1913 to be starting point. These to be adjusted to take account of inaccuracies due to fact that dyes to some countries are imported in unfinished state or in different concentrations and also that figures for France do not include Alsace Lorraine consumption. Consideration is also to be given to estimated needs of each country for year 1920 and approximate total by groups of our import requirements for that period will be necessary. Treaty expected come into force early in year and daily production option will at once be exercised. Expected Germans will agree modification allowing shipments of Allies’ share daily production to begin at once and to provide for this contingency following figures for distribution good until end of February 1920 were agreed upon, subject to confirmation by each government involved. France urged all her reserve stocks had been stolen by Germans and tried to have above percentages submitted for six months but we stood firm for limit end February and finally satisfied her by agreeing large percentage in acid wool group to meet immediate crying need her northern textile industry. Alizarine red, British Empire 25 per cent, United States 25, France 20, Belgium 10, Italy 20. Each group that follows will give percentages in same order. Indigo 33.5, 23½, 15, 23½. Group alizarine dyes made from athrocine subdivided as follows: alizarine dyes other than red 30, 35, 15, 5, 15. Vat dyes other than indanthrene blue [Page 473][G.C.D.] 30, 40, 12½, 5, 12½. Indanthrene blue G.C.D. 35, 65, others none. Aniline dyes and other coal tar dyes subdivided direct cotton colors 25, 15, 25, 15, 20. Developed cotton colors 30, 30, 20, 5, 15. Acid wool colors 15, 15, 40, 10, 20. Chrome wool colors 30, 30, 20, 5, 15. Basic colors 30, 20, 20, 10, 20. Sulphur colors 25, 10, 20, 25, 20. Intermediate dyes and chemicals 25, 25, 20, 10, 20. These percentages do not govern distribution remaining reparation stocks, only daily production option for limited period stated and your immediate acceptance or statement of what modifications you insist on are requested so that these can be submitted to meeting December 31. As to percentage for distribution remaining stocks, nothing can be decided until information requested is furnished by all countries involved. If attempt is made to have percentages above govern, what attitude should we take? Rathbone.”