800.51 W 89France/315: Telegram

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


224. In a telephone conversation on the evening of June 3, Bérenger stated that his task of obtaining ratification of the French debt agreement would be facilitated if the United States Treasury Department [Page 95] would raise the embargo against the firm of Boue Soeurs6 as a mark of good will. This firm would seem to have been punished sufficiently for the faults which it may have committed heretofore, and as apparently it has very powerful connections, I hope that Mr. Mellon7 may see his way clear to take action such as suggested by M. Bérenger. This might furthermore deter the French press from outbursts against our customs representatives abroad for their alleged inquisitorial methods.

  1. A Treasury Department order of Aug. 31, 1925, as amended Sept. 16, 1925, prohibiting, in accordance with section 510 of the tariff act of 1922, the importation and delivery of merchandise manufactured by or for the account of Boue Soeurs, Ltd., of Paris, for refusal of said firm to submit certain of its books and records for inspection.
  2. Andrew Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury and Chairman of the World War Foreign Debt Commission.