882.51/1490: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Liberia (Hood)

17. Your 18, May 13, 5 p.m. and 19, May 20, 4 p.m.14

Department of State unable to take up matter of releasing monies pledged to United States Government as part of security $5,000,000 loan without further detailed information.

Suggest Financial Adviser collaborate with Secretary of Treasury of Liberia to make careful survey present financial situation. You should then cable briefly from their report the following data: Exact amount credit with British Bank remaining on July 1, 1921 and amount remaining on January 1, 1922, exact amount internal revenue including hut tax collected for periods July–December 1921 and January–April 1922, estimate internal revenue including hut tax to be received during period May–September 1922. Has all hut tax due this fiscal year been collected? If so when can next year’s hut tax collection begin, what is floating debt to date and by what amount has it been increased since March 31, 1921?

  1. Latter not printed.