882.51/1964

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

No. 499
Diplomatic

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 23 of July 29, 5 P.M. concerning appointments under the new loan agreement of September 1, 1926.

The note directed to be handed to the Liberian Secretary of State by the instruction under acknowledgment was delivered to His Excellency Secretary Barclay in person the morning of August 2, 1927. A copy thereof is enclosed.34 A communication was then addressed to Mr. de la Rue, asking him to notify the Department of nominations made under the provisions of Article IX of the loan agreement of September 1, 1926.34

Mr. de la Rue was formally commissioned as Financial Adviser by the Liberian Government on June 27, 1927, his letter so stating, and also transmitting names of nominees for the positions of Supervisor of Customs and Supervisor of Internal Revenue is attached, in duplicate.

With regard to contracts of Major Staten and Captain Outley, these officers are, as the Department understands, not affected by the new loan until after the expiration of their present contracts.

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I have [etc.]

C. E. Macy
[Enclosure]

The Financial Adviser to the Republic of Liberia (De la Rue) to the Secretary of State

Sir: I have the honor to report that I have been officially advised that the President and the Secretary of State of the United States, having been advised that suitable provision has been made for the [Page 158]extinguishment of the 1912 Liberian Gold Loan, have notified the Government of the assumption by them of the functions assigned under the terms of the Loan Agreement of the Republic of Liberia of September 1, 1926. Further, that the President of the United States has done me the honor to designate me to the President of Liberia for appointment as Financial Adviser to the Republic of Liberia, pursuant to the terms of Article VIII of said Loan Agreement of September 1, 1926.

2. I have the honor to accept the designation and to respectfully offer my sincere thanks for the trust and confidence that have been reposed in me. The Liberian Government has duly commissioned me as Financial Adviser, the date of my Commission being June 27, 1927.

2. In accordance with Article IX of the Loan Agreement of September 1, 1926, I beg to report the names of the nominees for the positions therein provided, as follows, viz:—

  • (a) Supervisor of Customs, Conrad T. Bussell, of Irvington, Virginia, U. S. A. Mr. Bussell has been associated in the work of the Liberian Customs Service for the last several years and his record has already been filed with the Department.
  • (b) Supervisor of Internal Revenue, Cathey M. Berry, of San Antonio, Texas, U. S. A. Mr. Berry’s recommendation by the Chief of the Bureau of Insular Affairs has already been filed with the Department.

Both of the above named officers have been duly commissioned by the Liberian Government and have entered upon their duties.

4. As a matter of record, I desire to include in this report the names of the Auditor and Assistant Auditor appointed by agreement by the President of Liberia and the Fiscal Agent under the terms of the September 1, 1926 Loan:—

(a)
The Auditor is Ralph H. Birkmire, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, U. S. A.
(b)
The Assistant Auditor is Charles G. Colgrove, of Sheffield, Pennsylvania, U. S. A.

The Auditor and Assistant Auditor have been duly commissioned and have entered upon their duties.

5. In closing, I beg [etc.]

Sidney de la Rue
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