The Minister in Liberia (Francis) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 19.]
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge Department’s cable No. 18, July 30, 2  P.M.; Department’s cable No. 20, August 7, 2 P.M.; Department’s cable No. 25, August 17, 2 P.M., and to confirm this [Page 273]Mission’s cable No. 23, 4 P.M., August 3; cable No. 27, August 11, 2 P.M.,54 and cable No. 29, 9 A.M., August 15, 1928, concerning the issuance of public utility license to Firestone Plantations Company and the Radio Corporation of America for transmission of commercial business between the United States and the Republic of Liberia.
The Department’s attention is respectfully referred to this Mission’s despatch (Diplomatic) No. 103, August 2, 1928.55
In an interview with the President on the 14th instant in which the writer called His Excellency’s attention to the apparent inconsistency between his memorandum to the writer and the statement made by His Excellency to Mr. Hines, the President informed the writer that the Liberian Government’s position was set forth in the wireless message which he sent to Mr. Harvey S. Firestone, Jr., under date of July 30, 1928, to which Mr. Firestone replied on August 3. The writer asked the President if he might be permitted to so advise his Department of State, to which the President replied in the affirmative stating that he would furnish copies of his message to Mr. Firestone and Mr. Firestone’s reply. Upon that authority this Mission’s cable No. 29, 9 A.M., August 15, was based.
In accordance with his promise the President, under date of August 16, wrote this office enclosing copy of the two messages referred to above, and in addition thereto a copy of a letter from Postmaster General Ross, June 15, 1928, to Mr. Hines, stating the Government’s original position in response to the Plantation Company’s request for public utility license.56
Inasmuch as the terms of the Postmaster General’s letter of June 15, were modified and amended by a letter from Mr. Hines in answer thereto on June 21,57 and the modifications and amendments were discussed and in substance accepted by the Liberian Government and such amendments and modifications form the actual basis upon which the proposed agreement was to be executed, I acknowledged receipt of the President’s letter of August 16 and asked him for a copy of Mr. Hines’ letter of June 21.58
On receipt of Department’s cable No. 25, August 17, 2 P.M., announcing that the Radio Commission of America had granted the double line of direct public service radio communication with Liberia, desired by the Liberian Government, I immediately advised President [Page 274]King, who on August 20,59 in reply to my note of the 18th,60 said “I cannot too strongly express to your Excellency my high appreciation of the amicable understanding reached with the Federal Radio Commission which now insures Transatlantic communication between Liberia and the United States, in the way and manner desired by the Liberian Government”.
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Under date of August 20 the Radio Corporation of America cabled President King61 the result of the hearing before the Federal Radio Commission stating that through the good offices of the American Department of State the Corporation had received license; thanking the President and stating that the Corporation was ready to engage in commercial business with Liberia as soon as Liberia was able to do so. The President replied to this cable on the same day and a copy of his reply is enclosed.
A copy of Mr. Hines’ letter of June 21, 1928, is also enclosed.
I have [etc.]
- Cable No. 27 not printed.↩
- Not printed.↩
- See enclosure 1, infra, and two subenclosures. For information concerning the cable of July 30 which was the third subenclosure, and which is not printed, see footnote 46, p. 268.↩
- See enclosure 2, infra.↩
- Minister’s note dated August 18, not printed.↩
- See enclosure 4, infra.↩
- See enclosure 3, infra.↩
- No copy enclosed with this despatch.↩
- Copy not attached to file copy of this letter.↩
- See footnote 46, p. 268.↩
- Ante, p. 274.↩
- See footnote 46, p. 268.↩