893.74/49: Telegram

The Minister in China (Grane) to the Acting Secretary of State


428. With reference to the Department’s telegram no. 354 of December 3, the Legation has to call the Department’s attention to the fact that the Federal contract may conflict with Marconi, Mitsui and other monopolistic cable agreements. Possibly therefore, even if the strongest contract is concluded, it may not be effective unless it is supported by the American Government against the British and Japanese. The Legation however will lend its support in an endeavor to secure the signature of this contract unless it is otherwise instructed.