825.032/47: Telegram

The Chargé in Chile ( Hofer ) to the Secretary of State

172. The President has formally called Congress into special session November 15th. Subjects on the agenda affecting American interests are:

Appropriate measures for Chilean delegation to the Pan American Conference at Havana21 which will be definitely appointed according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs within a week.
New ship subsidy bill.
Revision of the tariff regulations.
Insurance bill.22
Coal bill.23

The petroleum bill for the exploitation of Chilean oil fields so far not on the agenda.

Fearing that proposed legislation may contemplate the payment of a further Government bounty for nitrate carried by Chilean vessels and the proposed tariff revision may contain a provision as rumored that shipments of iron and steel carried by Chilean bottoms are to receive a 25-peso per ton rebate, I have reiterated to Minister of Foreign Affairs point of Department’s telegram 41, September 14, 2 p.m., the first four paragraphs of Ambassador’s note 802, September 32th to Foreign Office transmitted to the Department in despatch number 1184, September 13th.24 Netherlands Chargé d’Affaires is protesting against any legislation providing for bounties or [rebates].

I understand the President desires to railroad all legislation, the exact status of which is in many cases obscure, through Congress as fast as possible.

  1. Held at Habana, Jan. 16–Feb. 20, 1928.
  2. See pp. 541 ff.
  3. See pp. 537 ff.
  4. Note No. 802 and despatch No. 1184 not printed.