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

No. 13

Sir: I have the honor to refer to this Mission’s telegram of December 6,3 P.M., 1927, in answer to Department’s telegram No. 53, December 3, 3 P.M., 1927, and to Department’s telegram No. 55, December 21, 2 P.M., 1927, and to say that nothing further has been done in the matter.

I agree with the Department that Firestone’s position is consistent with a reasonable interpretation of Article II, paragraph (e) of the agreement, but the Liberian Government is so determined to insist upon exclusive rights in the use of radio that, for the reasons expressed in my telegram, it appeared to Macy, Wharton38 and me to be inopportune to raise the issue if it could be avoided at that time.

Mr. William D. Hines, Mr. Firestone’s representative, arrived December 12, 1927, but has not yet been granted an interview by the President. He has been instructed by Mr. Firestone, Jr., through cable, to hold radio matter in abeyance until Mr. Firestone’s arrival in February.

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After the arrival of Mr. Firestone, Jr., and/or whenever the issue arises I will be pleased to use our good offices with a view to effecting an amicable adjustment between the parties.

I have [etc.]

W. T. Francis
  1. Clifton R. Wharton, vice consul and third secretary at Monrovia.