882.74/70

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

No. 216
Diplomatic

Sir: I have the honor to confirm this Mission’s telegram No. 7, January 23, 2 P.M.,68 reporting the signing of an agreement between the Republic of Liberia and the Firestone Plantations Company granting to the Plantations Company a public service radio license.

This agreement covers a period of fifteen years and is renewable for additional five year terms at the option of the parties. It provides, among other things, that the Government shall receive seventyfive percent, of the net profits, and that the messages of the Government of the United States of America “shall be handled at one-half the radio rate between Liberia and Akron, Ohio, United States of America, to which shall be added the toll beyond the radio termini”.

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I have the further honor to enclose copy of the agreement.

I have [etc.]

W. T. Francis
[Enclosure]

Radio Agreement Between the Republic of Liberia and the Firestone Plantations Company, Signed January 22, 1929

This Agreement made by and between the Government of the Republic of Liberia and the Firestone Plantations Company, a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware, with its principal offices in the City of Akron, State of Ohio, United States of America.

(a)
The Firestone Plantations Company is hereby authorized and licensed by the Government of the Republic of Liberia to use and operate radio apparatus for the reception and transmission of public radio communication between Liberia and the United States of America subject to the following terms and conditions: It is understood that the nature of the service authorized to be rendered under this Agreement is as follows: public service point to point to communicate with the Company’s stations in Liberia and the United States of America; the authorized frequencies granted the Company for such communication are as follows: 7580, 10310, 18460, 19780 and 19940; and the time of operation allowed is a maximum of twenty four hours daily.
(b)
It is further understood that the public service rendered by the Firestone radio station on the Du shall be listed as supplementary to the Government’s public radio service in that it will provide additional communication facilities for the general public. It is understood that this is not intended to mean that the Government has any claim, ownership or interest of any kind in the Firestone radio stations nor has the Company any claim, ownership or interest of any kind in the Government radio stations. It is further understood that in the operation of the public service licensed herein that all public service messages originating in the United States of America routed over the Firestone circuits shall be relayed without charge from the Firestone radio station on the Du to the Liberian Government station, Monrovia, for delivery and that all public service messages originating in Liberia and offered and accepted at the Firestone stations shall be relayed to the Liberian Government radio station at Monrovia by the Firestone Plantations Company without charge and shall be by the latter station transmitted to the Firestone station at Akron for delivery. It is further understood however that the above arrangement for transmission of public service messages under this Agreement does not apply to private messages of employees of Firestone Plantations originating in or destined for the area of the Firestone Company’s operations. Such messages may be sent and received direct by the Firestone radio stations under the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth. If, in the future, during the period of this Agreement either party desires a change in this Agreement, it is understood such change can be made by mutual consent of both parties.
(c)
Copies of all public service messages transmitted or received over radio circuits licensed hereby shall be filed with the Post Office Department of the Government by the Tenth Day of Each Month following and thereupon the Licensee shall pay to the Liberian Government a sum equal to Seventy Five percent of the Net revenue accruing to the Licensee from the transmission of such public service messages.
It is further understood and agreed that all messages of the Firestone Plantations Company concerning its business shall be exempt from payment of any toll or charge or part thereof to the Liberian Government and shall not be subjected to the aforementioned filing and accounting. It is further understood that this license shall not be extended or interpreted to extend to or modify any prior written understanding or agreement between the Government and the Firestone Plantations Company as to the latter’s messages relating to its own private business.
(d)
It is understood however that exemption from toll or charge of business messages of Firestone Plantations Company shall not [Page 281]extend to or include private messages of its employees which shall be subject to accounting and charge as hereinbefore set out as public service messages.
(e)
The rate of charge per word for communications passing over the circuits of Licensee shall be fixed by agreement between the two parties hereto but such rate of charge shall in no event be higher than charged for any competing radio service between Liberia and the United States of America.
(f)
Tolls or charges for forwarding or delivery of messages beyond the stations of the Licensee shall be deducted before computation and settlement of the net revenue as herein provided.
(g)
Messages of the Government of the Republic of Liberia and of the Government of the United States of America shall be handled at one half the radio rate between Liberia and Akron, Ohio, U.S.A., to which shall be added the toll beyond the radio termini. Government messages transmitted over radio circuits of the company shall take precedence over all other public service messages.
(h)
This license shall not be assigned or transferred except to a bona fide subsidiary or affiliated company of Firestone Plantations Company organized to carry on the business of transmission and receipt of public service radio communication and subject to the terms hereof. The Government shall be duly informed of the organization of such a subsidiary or affiliated company and of the transfer to said company of the rights herein granted.
(i)
It is further understood that if for any reason the Liberian Government radio station is unable to transmit public service messages and the Firestone radio stations are required to handle the public service radio traffic between the United States of America and Liberia for a period of more than three months then the net tolls accruing shall be divided equally between the parties hereto, as long as such inability on the part of the Government radio station exists.
(j)
If, in the event of war or other public emergency, the Government of the Republic of Liberia or the Government of the United States of America should take over control of the Licensee’s radio stations in their respective countries, this license shall be regarded as on suspension to be automatically renewed when the cause of such suspension shall have been removed.
(k)
The Licensee and the Government of the Republic of Liberia shall aspire in a friendly manner to adjust and dispose of any dispute or disagreement which may arise under this Agreement. However, in the event that any such dispute or disagreement cannot be settled between the two parties the same shall be determined by arbitration in accordance with the provisions of Article Four, Paragraph [Page 282]N, of Agreement Number two, dated October 2, 1926 between the Government of the Republic of Liberia and Firestone Plantations Company.69
(l)
It is further understood and agreed that this license is granted subject to compliance of the Licensee with the provisions of the Radio Act of 1927 and the conditions herein contained.
(m)
This Agreement shall remain in force for a period of Fifteen Years from the date hereof and thereafter it shall automatically be renewed for additional terms of Five Years each unless terminated at the end of the said original Fifteen Years or any Five Year additional term by written notice to be served by either party upon the other at least One Year prior thereto.

Wherefore, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed by their respective Officials, duly authorized, on the day and year set out above the signatures of each party.

Witnesses: 22nd day of January, 1929
C. S. Simpson The Government of the Republic of Liberia
Samuel A. Ross, Postmaster General
22nd day of January, 1929
R. S. Corwin Firestone Plantations Company
W. D. Hines, General Manager (Acting)