The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Liberia (Francis)
26. The Department anticipates a repetition shortly by Buell25 of his charges concerning the Firestone concession and the American loan in the lectures he plans delivering at the Williamstown Institute of Politics. The advisability of preparing a statement in refutation, [Page 250] along the lines of the telegram Hines26 recently sent Firestone, is, so the Department understands, being discussed by Hines with President King. If the latter should desire to issue a statement for distribution to the American press on the subject, you should inform the President of Liberia that the Associated Press is ready to handle his statement which should be sent by him as a direct message to the Associated Press, with a request for appropriate publicity for the statement.