835.34/413: Telegram

The Ambassador in Argentina (Jay) to the Secretary of State


77. Embassy’s telegram No. 76, dated October 19, noon. The naval attaché by exertive friendship with the Minister of Marine this morning learned the following:

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In August the Ministry of Marine telegraphed Johnston of the Bethlehem Steel Company to contact the Argentine Naval Mission in New York. The Minister of Marine read cablegrams from Admiral Galindez, chief of the Naval Mission in Europe, quoting bids from Cramps and New York Shipbuilding Company. I make the suggestion that Department verify the above. The Minister of Marine added that the Argentine Mission in the United States had been instructed last week once more to ask tenders from Bethlehem. In view of the above I shall not make further representations to the Government of Argentina unless the Department instructs me otherwise. At official luncheon today I found opportunity to express both to the Foreign Minister and to the Minister of Marine my confidence that American interests will receive equal treatment.