The Minister in Portugal (Dearing) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received February 26—1:20 p.m.]
16. Referring to Legation’s 14, February 8, 11 a.m.5 Informed concessionaires application for extension denied by Minister of Commerce. Atlantic Refining representative has called to express his regret and will probably telegraph his principals to approach Department. I told him of action taken by the Legation under Department’s instruction number 8, February 6 , 5  p.m. He expressed no criticism but indicated he would try to revive matter and disclaimed any intention of monopolizing field. Report by mail.
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