462.00 R 296/846: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France ( Herrick )


30. L–195, for Herrick, Kellogg and Logan. Your L–312, January 13, 11 a.m. The reference to the limitation of our claims to $350,000,000 raises the serious question of whether treaty rights are modified, because the exact amount of these claims is not ascertainable until the adjudication which is not yet completed, and also through the possible waiver of interest. An agreement so limited as to amount would have to be submitted to the Senate for advice and consent. If limitation were omitted submission would probably be unnecessary.

Please endeavor immediately to eliminate the limitation, which as drafted appears to be unnecessary. You will recall that the $350,000,000 is only an estimate of the probable total awards.

The Department will furnish you with instructions on other points at the earliest possible moment.