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The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Salvador ( Hewes )

53. Reference your December 28, noon.

To what terms do you refer? Is Mr. Keith proceeding under contract of last June or under new contract of December 1st?

Because of new provisions in December contract, Department is still considering advisability of acquiescing in contract and has not as yet committed itself to a further exchange of notes. Also it is not prepared at this time to approve of Mr. Keith proceeding under contract of last June. Bearing this in mind, you will refrain from discussing loan with Government officials. If you are asked regarding Department’s views you should simply say that matter is still receiving consideration.