882.6176 F 51/106: Telegram

The Chargé in Liberia (Wharton) to the Secretary of State

13. Refer to Department’s 6.25 Situation misunderstood by the Government [Department?] as ratification 1925 referred to was of [Page 529] Hines’ original agreements which were not accepted by Firestone. New agreements submitted to [by?] Firestone subsequently modified with Barclay in America could not be submitted Legislature for the ratification until the present session, Barclay authority that of executor only; so understood by the Legation. Firestone earnestly desired by all; absolutely no bad faith nor intention to quibble.

Modification on number white employees to allay fear general public caused by newspaper reports 30,000. Other modifications to satisfy Legislature are considered as adversely affecting Firestone and operation of these can be set aside by Executive power if of sufficient importance to Firestone. Suggest correct his misunderstanding and give immediate instructions, as extending operation[s], harbor work stopped.

  1. Dated Feb. 5, 1926; p. 518.