882.5048/6: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Liberia ( Francis )

29. Your 34, August 30, 6 p.m. King’s telegrams to the Department and the Associated Press have received full publicity in the press and I have telegraphed to him direct on the subject. The extreme nature of Buell’s charges would in any event have tended to offset their effectiveness while the speech delivered by Thomas Jesse Jones at Williamstown on August 29 commending the Firestone concession and the American loan and the Department’s Liberian policy, the extensive comments made by the Department to the press regarding Buell’s speech, and President King’s statement should dispose of Buell’s charges and clear the air of misunderstandings.