882.124a/91: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Liberia (Reber)

80. Your 119, September 15, 9 p.m. The Department has received copy of Hines’ radio received September 17 in Akron, quoting the text of proposed letter from Finance Corporation in answer to Liberian Government request for sanitation funds. Robinson5 comments “I am a little surprised that he does not suggest the immediate giving to the Sanitary Adviser of governmental authority, sanitary police corps and Sanitary Court by Executive Order to be subsequently [Page 430] confirmed by legislature if that action required to be legally effective there”.

The Department also notes that Dr. Smith holds similar view as expressed in third paragraph of your September 15, 9 p.m. and it believes that without this authority in addition to direct disbursement of the funds by Dr. Smith the campaign could not be effectively carried on. Please discuss with Loomis and report.

  1. B. N. Robinson, assistant secretary of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. and Attorney of the Firestone Plantations Co., Akron, Ohio.