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


35. Firestone, Junior, has informed the Legation that he is in accord with President King on the planting agreement and that this agreement as it has now been amended will be submitted to the Legislature for its approval by President King, who has promised to give it his support. The full text of the arbitration clause is now available at Akron.

After local arbitration there is provision for recourse to Washington in the following language:52

“Should however either party feel aggrieved at the decision of the arbitrators, then the Government agrees to arrange with the United States Department of State for a further arbitration of the question or questions submitted by either or both parties.”

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The agreement further provides that the result of this second arbitration shall be final and binding upon both parties. Is it your desire that the provisions be framed in language acceptable to the Department? Early instruction is requested.

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