List of Papers

(Unless otherwise specified, the correspondence is from or to officials in the Department of State.)

THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS

GREAT BRITAIN

Efforts of the United States in Support of American Interests Seeking an Oil Concession From the Sheikh of Kuwait (Koweit)

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Dec. 3 (336) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Instructions to express to appropriate authorities Department’s hope that the Colonial Office will make a favorable reply to the American company seeking an oil concession in Kuwait; that Colonial Office will not insist on inclusion of so-called “British nationality clause” in contract, which would bar American interests from equal opportunity with British to participate in development of petroleum resources in Kuwait.
1
Dec. 29 (2482) From the Ambassador in Great Britain
Informal note to British Foreign Office, December 22 (text printed), quoting U. S. Mining Lease Act, which grants British subjects equal rights with American citizens; further representations, with expression of hope that no facilities are being sought by any British oil company during discussion of Kuwait concession.
3
1932 Feb. 2 (50) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Instructions to take up again with Foreign Office matter of Kuwait oil concession.
6
Feb. 3 (45) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Report that Foreign Office has matter under consideration.
6
Feb. 24 (84) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Reference in informal conversation with Foreign Office official to report of exploration work being carried on in Kuwait by Anglo-Persian Oil Co.
6
Feb. 25 (73) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Department’s approval of views expressed regarding extension of facilities to British oil companies in Kuwait, and instructions to urge suspension of Anglo-Persian Oil Co.’s activities pending reply to American representations.
7
Feb. 26 (89) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Foreign Office expectation of early reply from Colonial Office.
7
[Page XX]Mar. 7 (82) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Report from Chargé in Baghdad that the Sheikh has secretly granted an oil concession to the Anglo-Persian Oil Co.
8
Mar. 11 (102) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Further conversations regarding Kuwait oil concession and expression of anxiety over effect of Anglo-Persian activities on American interests.
8
Mar. 22 (2686) From the Chargé in Great Britain
Foreign Office note, March 14 (text printed), explaining reported activities of Anglo-Persian Oil Co.
8
Mar. 22 (95) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Request for telegraphic summary of proposed reply to Foreign Office note of March 14.
10
Mar. 23 (116) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Summary of proposed reply to Foreign Office, setting forth efforts of American interests to obtain Kuwait concession and pointing out that permission for Anglo-Persian explorations must have been granted with knowledge and assent of British authorities at a time when application of American interests was under consideration.
10
Mar. 26 (100) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Substance of note to be presented to the Foreign Office in the matter of the Kuwait oil concessions.
11
Mar. 30 (123) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Delivery of note and expectation of early reply.
13
Apr. 11 (2) From the Ambassador in Great Britain
Foreign Office reply, April 9 (text printed), indicating British willingness to omit nationality clause from any oil concession which Sheikh of Kuwait may be prepared to grant; also explaining activities of Anglo-Persian Oil Co.
13
Sept. 2 (231) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Instructions to discuss with Foreign Office, either formally or informally, question of steps necessary to place American interests in as favorable a position as Anglo-Persian Oil Co. in having its application considered by the Sheikh.
16
Sept. 17 (365) From the Chargé in Great Britain
Foreign Office note, September 16 (text printed), explaining that a thorough comparison of the terms of draft concessions submitted by both American and British interests must be made by British Government before drafts are transmitted to the Sheikh; that both are receiving equal consideration.
17
Oct. 4 (258) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Instructions to emphasize to appropriate authorities Department’s desire to obtain, not preferential treatment, but only equality of opportunity for American interests in Kuwait; and a hope for such action as may be necessary to enable Sheikh to reach an early decision.
19
[Page XXI]Oct. 18 (298) From the Ambassador in Great Britain (tel.)
Report that Department’s views have been presented.
20
Nov. 2 (465) From the Ambassador in Great Britain
Memorandum of conversation at Foreign Office, November 1 (text printed), supplementing representations of October 18.
20
Nov. 12 (483) From the Ambassador in Great Britain
Foreign Office letter, November 11 (text printed), advising that results of comparative examination of draft oil concessions are now en route to British authorities in Persian Gulf to be communicated to Sheikh of Kuwait.
23
Nov. 26 (516) From the Ambassador in Great Britain
Foreign Office note, November 23 (text printed), replying to points raised in Embassy’s representations of November 1 (reported in despatch No. 465, November 2).
24
Dec. 15 (558) From the Ambassador in Great Britain
Memorandum of conversation at Foreign Office, December 13 (text printed), concerning delay in transmission of document embodying results of comparative examination of draft oil concessions.
26
Dec. 28 (582) From the Chargé in Great Britain
Foreign Office note of December 23 (text printed), explaining delay in communication of document to the Sheikh.
27
1933 Jan. 7 (7) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Instructions to express Department’s disappointment at further delay in reaching decision and hope for definite and final action soon.
(Footnote: Information that British Government’s comments on the two draft concessions were submitted to the Sheikh on January 9, but neither was accepted.)
29

Representations to the British Government Against Proposal To Grant a Preference to Palestinian Produce Imported Into the United Kingdom

Date and number Subject Page
1932 July 15 (232) From the British Ambassador
Proposal to grant imperial preference to Palestinian produce imported into the United Kingdom; comment that proposed preference is same as that granted to certain other mandated territories, and inquiry as to U. S. attitude toward this proposal.
29
July 30 (205) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Request for suggestions as to reply to British proposal; inquiry whether other governments have been approached.
30
Aug. 3 (233) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Report that France, Spain, Italy, and Brazil have been approached.
31
[Page XXII]Aug. 6 (245 (C.84)) From the British Chargé
Information as to preference already granted to mandated territories, and explanation that these territories enjoy the same treatment as British colonies regarding imports.
31
Aug. 27 To the British Chargé
U. S. attitude that Palestine is a “foreign country” and not entitled to preferential treatment, and that this position applies to other British mandated territories.
32
Aug. 31 (251) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Information that Italian Government does not concur in British views.
33
Aug. 31 (326) From the Chargé in Great Britain
Italian Ambassador’s desire to be informed of U. S. action in the matter.
33
Sept. 10 (1323) To the Ambassador in France
Transmittal of correspondence regarding British proposal, with instructions to advise appropriate French officials informally of U. S. attitude and to ascertain French attitude.
(Footnote: The same, mutatis mutandis, to the Ambassadors in Brazil, Italy, and Spain.)
34
Sept. 23 (2942) From the Chargé in France
Information that French Government has no objection to the British proposal.
34
Sept. 30 (3956) From the Ambassador in Brazil
Information concerning Brazilian attitude toward British proposal.
35
Oct. 22 (1646) From the Chargé in Italy
Report on views of the Italian Government, which seem to coincide with those of the United States.
35
Oct. 28 (905) From the Ambassador in Spain
Information concerning views of Spanish Government, which are similar to the U. S. views.
36
(Note: Information that, following representations made by foreign missions in London on this question, the Foreign Office apparently did not proceed with its proposal.) 37

Representations by the British Government Against the Reconditioning by Private Owners for Commercial Purposes of Four American Destroyers

Date and number Subject Page
1932 June 6 From the British Embassy
Aide-mémoire questioning the sale of certain U. S. destroyers to be converted into fruit carriers flying foreign flags as affecting the interpretation of existing treaties regarding disposal of war vessels.
38
[Page XXIII]July 15 To the British Ambassador
Reply to British aide-mémoire, giving facts of case and U. S. commitments to assure full compliance with spirit of Washington and London treaties.
(Instructions to U. S. Ambassadors in France, Italy, and Japan to convey substance of this aide-mémoire to Governments to which they are accredited.)
40
Sept. 21 (289) From the British Chargé
Information that British Government considers that the matter has been dealt with satisfactorily.
44

Efforts To Obtain Information From Authorities in the Bahamas Regarding Vessels Suspected of Smuggling Liquor Into the United States

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Nov. 27 (1010) To the Ambassador in Great Britain
Despatch of October 30 from Consul at Nassau transmitting note of October 20 to Acting Colonial Secretary of Bahamas, and reply of October 28 (texts printed), informing Department of refusal of Acting Colonial Secretary to furnish information requested under 1926 agreement for prevention of smuggling, regarding arrivals and departures of vessels from ports of that Colony, for use by the U. S. Department of Justice; instructions to inquire of appropriate British authorities as to whether understanding of Acting Colonial Secretary, apparently based on instructions issued prior to agreement, is correct.
45
1932 June 20 (168) From the Ambassador in Great Britain
Embassy’s informal communication to Foreign Office, December 11, 1931, and reply, June 18, 1932 (texts printed), explaining reasons for Acting Colonial Secretary’s action and advising that U. S. Consul has been informed that Bahamas Government is anxious to cooperate under 1926 agreement.
48

Agreement Between the United States and Great Britain To Submit to an American Commission Claims Arising From Use of British Inventions

Date and number Subject Page
1929 Jan. 8 (3825) From the Ambassador in Great Britain
Letter of December 31, 1928, from Foreign Office (text printed) containing data regarding claims of British inventors against U. S. Government.
52
Aug. 14 From the Assistant Secretary of State to the Under Secretary of State
Conference with War Department officials as to possibility of settlement of patent claims for the use by the American Army and Navy of certain British inventions.
54
[Page XXIV]Sept. 4 To the Ambassador in Great Britain
Department’s desire for certain assurances by British Government in event of a tribunal to settle claims question.
55
1930 Feb. 10 From the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the American Ambassador in Great Britain
Further information regarding claims of British inventors and assurances as requested.
56
July 7 Major William W. Dick of the Office of the Adjutant General to Lieutenant Colonel Joseph I. McMullen of the Office of the Judge Advocate General
Establishment, duties, and personnel of War Department Commission to hear and determine patent claims of certain British nationals.
57
(Note: Results of hearings by the Commission.) 59

Cooperation Between British North Borneo and the Philippine Islands in the Protection of Turtle Fisheries

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Mar. 4 (61) From the British Ambassador
Enquiry as to willingness of U. S. authorities in the Philippines to cooperate with the Governor of British North Borneo in certain measures to preserve the hawksbill turtle fisheries.
59
Aug. 5 To the British Chargé
Willingness of Philippine authorities to cooperate in the matter, and request for copies of laws and regulations in force to aid in drafting suitable regulations.
60
1932 June 24 (212) From the British Ambassador
Suggestion by British North Borneo Co. that 1933 and every alternate year thereafter be observed as a closed season by the Philippines and North Borneo. Information on further measures of protection being put into effect in North Borneo.
60
Nov. 22 To the British Ambassador
Letter of October 4 from the Secretary of the Philippine Department of Agricultural and Natural Resources to the Governor General of the Philippine Islands (text printed), indicating Philippine inability to issue the necessary regulations until certain pending legislation is passed.
(Footnote: Information that the legislation was approved December 5.)
61
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CANADA

Unperfected Treaty Between the United States and Canada Relating to the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Deep Waterway, Signed July 18, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 April 9 Report of Joint Board of Engineers (Reconvened) on Improvement of the International Section of the St. Lawrence River
Recommendations and estimate of costs.
63
July 18 Unperfected Treaty Between the United States of America and Canada Relating to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Deep Waterway
Text of treaty signed at Washington.
69

Representations by the Canadian Government Against the Seizure of the Canadian Vessel “Josephine K.” by United States Coast Guard

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Jan. 31 From the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
Report concerning arrest by U. S. Coast Guard of Canadian vessel Josephine K., seizure of crew and cargo of contraband liquor, wounding and subsequent death of master of vessel during pursuit; information that judicial proceedings will be conducted in the U. S. District Court for Southern District of New York.
78
Jan. 31 To the Canadian Chargé
Transmittal of Treasury report and of the record of proceedings of the Coast Guard Board of Investigation in reply to Canadian oral request for information regarding arrest of the Josephine K.
81
Mar. 16 (46) From the Canadian Chargé
Canadian Government’s position, based on evidence submitted, that vessel was outside distance prescribed under Convention of 1924 and that action of Coast Guard should be disavowed, vessel, cargo and crew released, and reparation made to widow and children of the master of the Josephine K.
81
Aug. 1 To the Canadian Chargé
Contention of U. S. Government that vessel was legally seized; inability to comment on issues raised by the Canadian Chargé until a decision has been rendered in the libel suit now pending in U. S. District Court of New York.
86
Aug. 25 (148) From the Canadian Chargé
Willingness of Canadian Government to defer consideration of issues until decision is rendered by U. S. District Court in libel case, on the understanding that Canada is not assenting to the view that this Court is the appropriate tribunal to determine question of jurisdiction under the convention.
86
[Page XXVI]1932 June 8 (110) From the Canadian Minister
Restatement of Canadian Government’s views; desire for settlement of matter.
87
Oct. 25 To the Canadian Minister
U. S. views as to legality of seizure of vessel.
88

Arrangement Between the United States and Canada Respecting Radio Broadcasting, Effected by Exchange of Notes, Signed May 5, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 May 5 (81) From the Canadian Minister
Advice regarding a technical plan now under consideration by Canadian Government to provide Canada with satisfactory radio broadcasting coverage, and inquiry as to willingness of U. S. authorities to make necessary readjustments to render certain channels available for use in Canada.
92
May 5 To the Canadian Minister
U. S. consent to make the necessary readjustments.
94
May 6 (645) To the Ambassador in Mexico
Explanation regarding exchange of notes with Canada on subject of radio broadcasting, and desire that it should not be construed by Mexican Government as effort to effect an understanding between the United States and Canada without reference to broadcasting needs of Mexico.
95

Arrangement Between the United States and Canada Respecting Reciprocal Blanket Permission for Flights of Military Aircraft, Effected by Exchange of Notes, Signed September 16, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 May 18 (552) To the Minister in Canada
Instructions to inquire whether the Canadian Government would be willing to grant blanket permission for certain flights over Canadian territory by U. S. Army aircraft.
98
June 18 (868) From the Minister in Canada
Canadian note of June 16 (text printed), granting requested permission provided similar privileges are extended for Canadian military aircraft to pass over U. S. territory, conditioned upon the observance of certain specified stipulations.
99
Aug. 17 (671) To the Minister in Canada
Authorization to make arrangement effective through immediate exchange of notes, subject to amendment of one paragraph of Canadian note.
(Footnote: Exchange of notes at Ottawa, on September 16, 1932.)
100
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Representations by the Canadian Government in Behalf of Doctors Desiring To Enter the United States To Serve as Internes

Date and number Subject Page
1932 June 27 From the Second Secretary of the Canadian Legation
Copy of letter from the Canadian Legation to the American Commissioner General of Immigration dated June 28 (text printed), concerning the difficulties experienced by Canadian doctors in coming to the United States to serve as internes in U. S. hospitals and institutions; request for suggestions and comments.
102
July 11 To the Canadian Minister
Decision that medical internes are classifiable as immigrants under 1924 Immigration Act and may accordingly apply to American consular officer in district of residence for appropriate immigration visa.
104

Representations Regarding Treatment of American Tug Boats in Canadian Waters

Date and number Subject Page
1930 Sept. 4 (321) From the Consul at Vancouver
Observations concerning the application of comparable coastwise shipping regulations of Canada and the United States which would appear to warrant an adjustment of Canadian laws in favor of American transportation interests.
105
1931 Mar. 4 (157) To the Minister in Canada
Instructions to take up matter with Canadian authorities in effort to obtain reciprocal treatment for American vessels.
111
1932 June 2 (845) From the Minister in Canada
Reply from Canadian Government dated May 31 (text printed), refusing to depart in any way from existing Canadian practice.
112

EUROPE

albania

Naturalization Treaty Between the United States and Albania, Signed April 5, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Apr. 5 (3) From the Minister in Albania (tel.)
Information that naturalization treaty has been signed.
115
Apr. 5 Treaty of Naturalization Between the United States of America and Albania
Text of treaty signed at Tirana.
115
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AUSTRIA

Opposition in Austria to the Showing of the Motion Picture “All Quiet on the Western, Front”

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Jan. 27 (11) From the Minister in Austria (tel.)
Refusal of Austrian Government to remove ban on film “All Quiet on the Western Front” because of political conditions.
118
Nov. 3 (669) From the Minister in Austria
Foreign Office note verbale, dated October 24 (text printed), expressing regret of Austrian Government at inability to release film at this time.
118

Representations by the United States Against Mistreatment of American Jews Enrolled in the University of Vienna

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Mar. 2 (499) From the Minister in Austria
Account of anti-Jewish and anti-Social Democratic disturbances at the University of Vienna and injury of an American student; question of protection of American Jewish students of university.
120
Oct. 20 (75) From the Minister in Austria (tel.)
Report that an American student, Jakob Benjamin Glenn, was injured in disturbance at university; intention, upon completion of investigation of case, to protest to Foreign Minister.
124
Oct. 22 (662) From the Minister in Austria
Details of attack on Glenn and protest to Foreign Minister, who promised to do everything possible to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
124
Oct. 27 (76) From the Minister in Austria (tel.)
Report of attack on three American students in outbreak at university on October 26; protest to university authorities, expressions of regret by chancellor and rector, and closing of university for indefinite period.
126
Oct. 29 (666) From the Minister in Austria
Detailed account of events reported in telegram No. 76, October 27; summary of comments in Vienna press.
126
Nov. 4 (670) From the Minister in Austria
Reopening of university on November 3 without disturbance; opinion that the incident is closed.
131
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BELGIUM

Arrangement Between the United States and Belgium Regarding Reciprocal Recognition of Load Line Certificates, Effected by Exchange of Notes, Signed October 7, 1931, February 4, 1932, and April 19, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Oct. 7 (708) From the American Ambassador in Belgium to the Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Willingness of U. S. Government to conclude reciprocal load line agreement with Belgian Government subject to an understanding regarding rules and tables employed by Belgian Government, and pending the coming into force of the 1930 International Load Line Convention in the United States and Belgium.
134
1932 Feb. 4 (C.24/354) From the Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs to the American Chargé in Belgium
Acceptance of arrangement proposed, provided U. S. Government will recognize provisions of new Belgian ruling regarding load lines.
136
Apr. 19 (804) From the American Chargé in Belgium to the Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Understanding that arrangement has now been completed by the exchange of notes and is effective from this date.
138

Arrangement Between the United States and Belgium Regarding Reciprocal Recognition of Certificates of Airworthiness for Imported Aircraft, Effected by Exchange of Notes, Signed October 22, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Nov. 9 (1161) From the Ambassador in Belgium
Exchange of notes between the American Ambassador and the Belgian Foreign Minister, dated October 22 (texts printed), giving effect to a reciprocal agreement between the United States and Belgium for the acceptance of certificates of airworthiness for imported aircraft.
138

BULGARIA

Provisional Agreement Between the United States and Bulgaria With Respect to Commercial Relations, Effected by Exchange of Notes, Signed August 18, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 June 29 (452) From the Minister in Bulgaria
Desirability of establishing formal commercial relations with Bulgaria in view of recent Bulgaro-German commercial treaty, and willingness of Bulgarian Government to conclude arrangement either by treaty or by exchange of notes.
141
[Page XXX]Aug. 20 (495) From the Minister in Bulgaria
Exchange of notes between American Minister and Bulgarian Foreign Minister dated August 18 (texts printed), providing for reciprocal unconditional most-favored-nation treatment. Willingness of Bulgarian Government to negotiate commercial and consular treaties with United States; request for drafts of such treaties and appropriate instructions.
143

CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Representations to the Czechoslovak Government Regarding Restrictions on the Importation of American Tractors

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Jan. 15 (192) From the Minister in Czechoslovakia
Difficulties experienced in importation of American tractors into Czechoslovakia under import license system; request for Department’s comments on proposed note by Commercial Attaché for transmittal to the Foreign Office.
146
Mar. 12 (5) To the Minister in Czechoslovakia (tel.)
Suggestion to take up question informally in conversation and leave memorandum embodying substance of proposed note.
148
Dec. 15 (595) From the Chargé in Czechoslovakia
Aide-mémoire of March 20 (text printed) left with Foreign Minister in accordance with Department’s instruction of March 12; also formal note of December 15 (text printed) requesting that exclusion of tractors already purchased be reconsidered and urging decision as to a definite number of tractors to be admitted over a given period of time.
149
1932 Mar. 16 (684) From the Chargé in Czechoslovakia
Note from Foreign Ministry, March 9 (text printed), in reply to Chargé’s representations; opinion that American imports are receiving favorable attention and that American industries must be satisfied with this result for the present.
151

DENMARK

Representations Against Discriminations in Respect to American Commerce on the Part of the Danish Exchange Control Board

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Apr. 9 (43) From the Minister in Denmark
Aide-mémoire, April 8 (text printed), left at the Foreign Office, citing two instances of apparent discrimination against U. S. products in violation of commercial treaty of 1826; account of discriminatory action of Exchange Control Board, and comment that Legation has no knowledge of regulations under which Board operates.
153
[Page XXXI]Apr. 23 (17) To the Minister in Denmark (tel.)
Approval of action taken, and authorization to make further oral protest.
155
Apr. 26 (55) From the Minister in Denmark
Conference with Foreign Office officials to protest against discriminations in respect to American commerce; comment that conference was unsatisfactory.
156
Apr. 30 Memorandum by Mr. Ellis O. Briggs of the Division of Western European Affairs
Conversation with Danish Minister, who explained function of Control Board as effort to establish a mutual trade balance and referred to American tariff as being responsible for small Danish exports to the United States.
158
July 6 (103) From the Minister in Denmark
Danish note verbale, June 28 (text printed), replying to Legation’s aide-mémoire of April 8, explaining economic conditions in Denmark and necessity for limitation of imports by issuance of exchange certificates.
160
Aug. 18 (130) From the Minister in Denmark
Legation’s aide-mémoire, August 17 (text printed), protesting another case of discrimination against American products by Exchange Control Board; suggestion that some action, other than unheeded protests, should be taken.
162
Sept. 17 (146) From the Minister in Denmark
Memorandum by the Counselor of Legation, September 12, of the presentation of an aide-mémoire, dated September 12 (texts printed), citing another instance of discrimination and requesting that Foreign Minister ascertain and inform Legation as to whether Exchange Control Board intends to continue its present policy.
165
Oct. 20 (32) To the Minister in Denmark (tel.)
Instructions to investigate report of discrimination against American goods in favor of British goods during British exhibition.
167
Oct. 21 (166) From the Minister in Denmark
Note for Foreign Minister, October 21 (text printed), requesting reply to previous aide-mémoire and referring to discriminatory provisions of new tariff law, which provide for exemption of British goods from new tariff rates. Belief that some action should be taken to maintain both principle and prestige.
168
Oct. 24 (167) From the Minister in Denmark
Note verbale from Danish Foreign Ministry, October 21 (text printed), explaining principles governing the distribution of exchange certificates.
170
Nov. 2 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs
Exchange of views with Danish Minister regarding commercial policy of Denmark.
172
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DENMARK

Arrangement Between the United States and Denmark Regarding Reciprocal Recognition of Load Line Certificates, Effected by an Exchange of Notes, Signed January 16, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Jan. 16 (4) From the Danish Minister
Proposal for reciprocal load line agreement by U. S. and Danish Governments subject to U. S. recognition of Danish Government’s Provisional Notification of July 8, 1931, and pending the coming into force of the 1930 International Load Line Convention in the United States and Denmark.
173
Jan. 16 To the Danish Minister
Concurrence in terms of arrangement and understanding that agreement has been completed by exchange of notes, effective from this date.
175

ESTONIA

Representations Against Discriminations in Respect to American Commerce Through Estonian Import License System

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Feb. 18 (212 Diplo.) From the Chargé in Estonia
Conversation with Minister for Economic Affairs regarding new Estonian foreign trade policy based on exchange of goods and probable adverse effect on American commerce.
176
Mar. 8 To the Consul at Tallinn
Suggestion of fair method of imposing import restrictions, based on average annual imports from each country for a series of years.
179
Apr. 7 (8 Diplo.) From the Minister in Estonia
Aide-mémoire of April 6 (text printed), presenting to the Foreign Ministry Department’s suggestion for establishing an annual average based on import averages for past three years; friendliness of Estonian attitude toward United States.
181
May 16 (16) To the Minister in Estonia (tel.)
Instructions to withdraw aide-mémoire and resubmit after changing to avoid mentioning a specific period of time in computing averages.
184
June 2 (413) From the Minister in Estonia
Information that instructions have been complied with; note from Estonian Foreign Minister dated May 28 (excerpt printed), advising of new system based on higher import duties, which seems to be favorable to U. S. imports.
184
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FINLAND

Representations by the Finnish Government in Support of Claims Against the United States Arising From the Detention of Finnish Ships in American Harbors

Date and number Subject Page
1928 Jan. 27 From the Finnish Minister
Representations in behalf of Finnish ship owners who have presented claims against the U. S. Government for the retention of vessels in the ports of the United States in 1918.
186
1932 Feb. 18 To the Finnish Minister
Department’s view that as there was no violation of U. S. municipal law or principle of international law in retention of Finnish vessels, the U. S. Government is not financially responsible for any damages.
187
May 3 From the Finnish Minister
Facts regarding retention of Finnish vessels, and request for submission of evidence to Congress with recommendation that Finnish owners may be permitted to have claims heard by U. S. Court of Claims.
188
Undated Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State of a Conversation With the Finnish Minister, May 20, 1932
Minister’s urgent desire that Finnish claims be referred to U. S. Court of Claims; Department’s promise that matter will be given consideration at an early date.
192
June 30 Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State
Advice to Finnish Minister of Department’s disinclination to recommend a court hearing in view of difficulty of determining facts after many years’ delay.
193
July 14 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Conversation with Finnish Minister and reiteration of opposition to a court hearing because of lapse of time.
193

FRANCE

Representations Against French Quotas and Other Regulations Adversely Affecting American Trade, and Efforts To Negotiate a Permanent Commercial Treaty

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Jan. 19 (47) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Request for authorization to make formal protest against new quotas for radios, as discriminatory against U. S. products.
195
Jan. 23 (39) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Department’s non-adoption of definite policy regarding French quota system but view that United States should receive equitable share of quota allotment.
197
[Page XXXIV]Jan. 28 (70) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Note of January 26 to Foreign Office (excerpt printed) protesting unfairness to United States of radio quotas; efforts also to obtain more equitable proportions in patent leather quota and in other quotas yet to be established.
198
Jan. 29 (76) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Opinion that as result of conference with French Minister of Commerce American trade interests will be consulted in the future and American trade be granted a larger proportionate share than in the past.
199
Feb. 8 (92) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Information that as a result of protests, French authorities have increased U. S. radio quota.
200
Feb. 19 (114) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Publication of patent leather quota showing increased American allotment; belief that favorable action was taken due to U. S. representations on general question of quotas.
201
Mar. 10 (2357) From the Ambassador in France
Informal communication to Minister of Commerce (text printed) regarding desire of American industries, particularly American machine tool industry, to participate in consultations prior to determination of import quotas. Indication in a conversation with the Minister of Commerce of U. S. willingness to negotiate a commercial treaty on most-favored-nation basis.
201
Mar. 17 (2381) From the Ambassador in France
Reply from Minister of Commerce, March 15 (text printed), advising of willingness to promote exchange of views between American and French producers in the future but impossibility of postponing machine tool quota to permit such an exchange.
204
Mar. 17 (2382) From the Ambassador in France
Informal communication for Foreign Minister (text printed), presenting résumé of outstanding difficulties in U. S.–French economic and commercial relations.
206
Mar. 17 (2383) From the Ambassador in France
Regret that efforts to obtain hearing for American machine tool manufacturers were unsuccessful, owing to delay in reply by Minister of Commerce until promulgation of quota decree.
209
Apr. 2 (202) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Resolution by American Chamber of Commerce in France of March 30 (text printed), petitioning the Ambassador for aid to U. S. commerce in the present unfavorable situation in France.
211
[Page XXXV]Apr. 18 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs of a Conversation With the French Commercial Attaché
Exchange of views regarding commercial policies of the two countries.
212
Apr. 20 (241) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Foreign Minister’s concern over possible reprisals by U. S. Government, and his suggestion for conferences between representatives of the Embassy and the French Government to discuss quota allotments.
214
Apr. 20 (242) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Letter from Foreign Minister of April 19 (text printed), defending French quota policy against American charges of discrimination.
215
Apr. 21 (156) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Instructions to discuss with Foreign Minister six points embodying changes desired in French quota system.
216
Apr. 22 (248) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Assumption that Department’s suggestions will be referred for study to a committee of representatives of the Embassy and the French Government, such as suggested by the Foreign Minister.
219
Apr. 23 (159) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Conclusion that French Government is playing for time and could accede to quota requests if willing; possibility that article 338 of tariff law may be invoked against French imports.
220
Apr. 26 (253) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Opinion that article 338 should not be invoked unless after reasonable effort, satisfactory understanding is not obtainable.
220
Apr. 27 (260) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Discussion at Foreign Ministry of Department’s six points set forth in telegram No. 156, April 21, and French counterproposals, which will apply to all French quotas except agricultural products and fish.
222
Apr. 27 (164) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Preference for a uniform principle for all quotas rather than a number of principles changing according to products.
226
Apr. 30 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Advice to French Ambassador and Commercial Attaché that quota negotiations would not be settled until French Government was willing to fix a definite standard and method of assessing the quota.
226
[Page XXXVI]May 6 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Conversation with French Ambassador, who expressed desire to discuss a treaty covering all matters of tariffs and trade.
227
May 9 (299) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Suggestion for postponement of further quota negotiations pending establishment of newly-elected government.
228
May 11 (189) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Advice that proposal for suspending negotiations is being considered; request for suggestions as to additional demands which might be made in quota matter.
229
May 17 Memorandum by the Economic Adviser
Discussion with French Commercial Attaché of status of quota negotiations, and advice that U. S. concern over discriminations might make it necessary to approach French Government for most-favored-nation treatment.
229
May 27 (208) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Instructions to seek immediate agreement on points acceptable to both countries, leaving broader questions for future development; also to sound out the French regarding commercial treaty, keeping in mind necessity for reasonable mutual understanding regarding divergent views of each government.
230
May 31 (342) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Note from Foreign Minister (text printed), outlining as a temporary measure rules to be observed by French Government in the fixing of quotas upon U. S. products.
232
May 31 (343) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Acceptance of Foreign Minister’s proposal of May 31 as a temporary measure; comments on various points of agreement.
233
June 20 (1174) To the Chargé in France
Instructions to take up with French authorities protest by American motion picture interests against certain provisions of new film quota.
234
June 25 (2705) From the Chargé in France
Request for instructions as to possible representations in connection with recent Franco-Belgian double taxation agreement.
235
June 29 (236) To the Chargé in France (tel.)
Instructions to endeavor to obtain opportunity for American motion picture industry to participate in negotiations now in progress for establishment of motion picture quota.
237
[Page XXXVII]June 30 (403) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Advice that vigorous informal protests have been made in film quota matter.
237
July 15 (1219) To the Chargé in France
Instructions to take no action at present regarding Franco-Belgian taxation agreement.
237
July 27 (265) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Instructions to take up with Foreign Office protest by American copper interests against discriminations resulting from recent Franco-Belgian agreement; request to be advised of action taken by other countries.
238
July 28 (450) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Information that after informal discussion of Franco-Belgian agreement and discriminations in regard to copper, Prime Minister requested memorandum on situation; information that Switzerland has put retaliatory measures into effect.
238
July 28 (451) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Discussion of commercial problems with Prime Minister, who requested a memorandum on various points with a view to their possible adjustment.
239
July 29 (453) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Request that Department expedite transmission of proposed model treaty.
240
Aug. 4 (461) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Submission to Prime Minister of memoranda on three chief commercial issues: (1) treaty negotiations; (2) French quotas; (3) discriminations of Franco-Belgian tax agreement.
241
Aug. 5 (463) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Discussion with Minister of Commerce concerning commercial situation, and agreement to begin treaty negotiations about August 20.
241
Aug. 10 (471) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Favorable attitude of Minister of Commerce toward suggestion of reclassification of copper as a raw material to avoid tax discrimination.
243
Aug. 22 (490) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Summary of Prime Minister’s reply to memoranda referred to in telegram No. 461, August 4, and request for Department’s comments on points raised.
243
Aug. 23 (491) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Notification that treaty negotiations were begun on August 22.
244
[Page XXXVIII]Aug. 29 (501) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Opinion that there is little prospect of obtaining a general most-favored-nation treaty without substantial concessions, and request for instructions regarding certain proposed concessions.
244
Aug. 31 (309) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Department’s attitude regarding proposed concessions and treaty negotiations in general.
246
Sept. 2 (514) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
French Government’s unwillingness to conclude a general most-favored-nation treaty, but suggestion of an agreement which approximates de facto most-favored-nation treatment.
248
Sept. 15 (324) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Instructions to return to Washington for discussion of Franco-American matters; information that Department is preparing full powers to sign commercial treaty, to be transmitted immediately after approval of text.
249
Sept. 16 (536) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Opinion that French counterproposals should be accepted because of apparent impossibility of obtaining de jure most-favored-nation treatment under present French policies.
249
Sept. 17 (327) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Request for report on progress in copper question.
250
Sept. 19 (541) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Information that decree reclassifying copper will be issued upon conclusion of commercial treaty negotiations.
250
Sept. 30 (564) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
For Ambassador Edge (temporarily in United States): French newspaper reports of Ambassador’s opinion that commercial agreement will not be reached prior to U. S. Presidential election; inquiry as to accuracy of these reports.
250
Sept. 30 (345) To the Chargé in France (tel.)
From Ambassador Edge: Information that there is no justification for newspaper reports.
251
Oct. 1 (567) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Request for information regarding possibility of certain concessions by United States to facilitate treaty negotiations.
251
Oct. 7 From the Ambassador to France, Temporarily in the United States, to the President of the French Council of Ministers
Hope for decision by French Government so that treaty negotiations may be concluded soon, and appeal for personal intervention of Prime Minister.
252
[Page XXXIX]Oct. 11 (593) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Effect of campaign statements regarding tariff during U. S. Presidential elections on French attitude in treaty negotiations.
252
Oct. 16 (601) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Indications that the French wish to prolong treaty negotiations until after election.
253
Oct. 31 (388) To the Chargé in France (tel.)
Instructions to make representations regarding unsatisfactory list of products to be accorded minimum tariff, and question of issuance of decree reclassifying copper.
253
Nov. 8 (640) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Information that French authorities have agreed to issue copper decree provided U. S. Treasury regulation regarding free admission of dress samples is issued on same day.
255
Nov. 18 (659) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Delay in receipt of communication regarding copper reclassification.
256
Nov. 26 (672) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Information that the French are awaiting formal reply to text of a treaty and list of desired commodities forwarded to U. S. authorities.
256
Nov. 28 (420) To the Chargé in France (tel.)
Instructions to endeavor to facilitate issuance of copper decree in accordance with understanding as to simultaneous issuance of copper decree and dress sample decree.
256
Nov. 30 (681) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Information that efforts are being made to obtain issuance of copper decree on December 8.
257
Dec. 9 (429) To the Chargé in France (tel.)
Instructions to again seek early issuance of copper decree.
257
Dec. 10 (705) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Observations as to relationship between commercial treaty negotiations and French decision on debt payment to United States.
258
Dec. 10 (432) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Willingness to recommend full powers to conclude commercial treaty provided negotiations can be kept independent of debt settlement question.
259
Dec. 12 (3163) From the Ambassador in France
Advice that conference between American and French representatives to obtain concessions for American film industry was unsatisfactory.
260
[Page XL]Dec. 12 (710) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Efforts to hasten action on copper reclassification and hope that promulgation of dress sample decree can be withheld a little longer.
260
Dec. 15 (722) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Information that in view of French political situation, treaty negotiations must remain in statu quo.
261
Dec. 23 (451) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Announcement at press conference that treaty negotiations are now being held in abeyance.
261

Convention and Protocol Between the United States and France on Double Taxation, Signed April 27, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Aug. 6 (1712) From the Ambassador in France
Opinion that now is appropriate time to endeavor to reach double taxation agreement proposed by French and American experts in 1930, either with article X eliminated, or with American draft of article X; request for approval by State and Treasury Departments.
262
Oct. 9 (485) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Treasury Department’s desire for elimination of article X, and for further consultation if elimination is impossible.
265
Dec. 28 (2112) From the Ambassador in France
Information that matter is being kept actively but informally before French authorities; account of developments.
265
1932 Apr. 24 (250) From the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Note from Premier Tardieu indicating readiness to sign treaty without inclusion of article X.
267
Apr. 27 Convention and Protocol Between the United States of America and France
Text of double taxation treaty and protocol signed at Paris.
268

Exemption of Employees of the American Embassy in France From French Income Tax, Upon a Basis of Reciprocity

Date and number Subject Page
1930 Nov. 3 (351) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Advice that American Embassy clerks are subject to French income tax, and request to be informed whether French Embassy clerks are immune from American income tax as a matter of principle.
273
[Page XLI]Nov. 10 (290) To the Chargé in France (tel.)
Advice that French Embassy clerks not American citizens are immune from income tax; concurrence in proposal to renew efforts to secure exemptions for American Embassy clerks.
274
1932 May 19 (2587) From the Ambassador in France
Note from French Foreign Ministry, May 12 (text printed), advising that exemption from income tax is being granted American Embassy employees, provided reciprocal treatment is accorded employees of French Mission in Washington.
274

GERMANY

Political Developments in Germany

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Dec. 10 To the Ambassador in Germany
Memorandum prepared in the Department, December 8 (text printed), containing observations on German political situation and analyzing characteristics of Hitler movement; request for comments.
276
1932 Jan. 12 From the Ambassador in Germany
Memorandum of January 5 (text printed), presenting Embassy’s views regarding Hitler’s political future, extent to which Hitler’s program resembles that of Fascist Italy, and reaction of the French to the Nazis.
277
Feb. 17 From the Counselor of Embassy in Germany
Account of aims and program of Nazi Party, based on conversation with various party leaders.
281
Feb. 18 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Conversation with German Ambassador who expressed confidence that Hindenburg would be elected President of Germany.
286
Mar. 16 (1571) From the Ambassador in Germany
Results of Presidential elections of March 13, in which Social-Democratic Party was victorious; probability that Hindenburg will be reelected in second ballot on April 10.
287
Apr. 7 (1627) From the Ambassador in Germany
Report of Prussian police raids on Nazi Party offices and homes of leaders, revealing evidence of illegal and treasonable activities.
288
Apr. 13 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Conversation with German Ambassador regarding recent German elections and attitude of French press.
290
[Page XLII]Apr. 14 (75) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Information that President has disbanded all military Nazi organizations by an emergency decree.
291
Apr. 14 (76) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Foreign Office denial of Hitler’s allegation, in press interview, that disbandment of his military organizations was result of pressure from French Prime Minister Tardieu.
291
Apr. 19 (1661) From the Ambassador in Germany
Comments on carrying out of Executive decree dissolving Nazi military organizations.
292
June 1 (117) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Formation of new Cabinet under Von Papen; request for instructions, in view of Von Papen’s past record in America.
293
June 1 (60) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Information on pending matters concerning Von Papen.
294
June 2 (64) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Advice that indictment against Von Papen in Welland Canal case was dropped on March 8.
295
June 4 From the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs to the Secretary of State
Reasons for belief in possibility of Germany’s return to monarchy within the next year.
295
June 4 (124) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Conversation with Foreign Office Secretary of State von Bülow, who expressed belief that new government is not transitory but intended to be long-lived, and who implied that there would be no material change in German foreign policy.
296
June 6 Memorandum by the Secretary of State
Conversation with German Ambassador regarding new German government; Ambassador’s advice that he had no special instructions except a general one that foreign policy would be unchanged.
298
June 6 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Conversation with German Ambassador, who presented arguments to disprove idea that new German government was a step toward a return to monarchical form of government.
298
June 8 (1777) From the Ambassador in Germany
Report of events leading to fall of Brüning government, opposition of landowners, industrialists, and militarists to Brüning.
300
Aug. 1 (153) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Results of Reichstag elections; comments on strength of Nazi Party.
302
[Page XLIII]Aug. 2 (1854) From the Ambassador in Germany
Comments on Chancellor Von Papen’s radio address to the American public on July 29.
303
Aug. 9 (1863) From the Ambassador in Germany
Report of acts of violence by Nazi Party members since Reichstag elections of July 31; later report August 11, of issuance of three decrees to restore public security and check political excesses.
306
Aug. 15 (95) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Request for more frequent telegraphic reports on political situation.
309
Aug. 17 (161) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Report of refusal by President von Hindenburg of Hitler’s demand to be appointed Chancellor with full powers to form a Nazi government; conjectures as to developments.
309
Aug. 17 (1874) From the Ambassador in Germany
Analysis of political situation, keynote of which appears to be Hitler’s firm intention to rule alone; comments on successful Nazi propaganda.
312
Sept. 19 (1929) From the Ambassador in Germany
Convening and immediate dissolution of Reichstag on September 12, resulting in taking over of government by military directorate; events leading to present situation.
313
Oct. 18 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Optimism of German Ambassador in conversation regarding political situation in Germany.
316
Nov. 10 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Conversation with German Ambassador concerning probability of important political changes in Germany in near future.
317
Dec. 1 (223) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Probability that President will appoint new Cabinet headed by Von Schleicher.
318
Dec. 5 (2063) From the Ambassador in Germany
Information that General Von Schleicher was commissioned on December 2 to form a Cabinet; opinion that Hindenburg would have preferred to reappoint Von Papen.
319
Dec. 12 (2071) From the Ambassador in Germany
Account of recent split in Nazi Party; satisfactory progress of Von Schleicher government.
320
Dec. 14 (2070) From the Ambassador in Germany
Break between Hitler and party leader, Gregor Strasser, who favored Nazi participation in coalition government, as against Hitler’s “all or nothing” policy; opinion that Nazi movement is on the decline.
321
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GERMANY

Postponement of German Payments Under the German-American Debt Agreement of June 23, 1930

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Sept. 10 (104) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Note for transmission to German Government from Treasury Department (text printed) reviewing history of postponements of German payments under Debt Agreement of June 23, 1930, and advising that in view of reference in notice of postponement, submitted on September 8 and subsequently withdrawn, to letter to State Department of May 26, containing reservation regarding Germany’s intention to fulfill its obligations, the U. S. Government should have a statement from the German Government as to its intentions.
323
Sept. 13 (178) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Delivery of Treasury note to German official.
327
Sept. 16 (183) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Substance of a draft note from the German Government and conference with German official as to Germany’s understanding in regard to reservation of May 26.
327
Sept. 21 (114) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Communication from Treasury Department for German Government (text printed), declaring willingness to waive 90-day notice of postponement of debt payment upon certain conditions.
330
Sept. 27 (St.D.A.13) From the German Chargé
Notification of postponement of September 30 debt payment and assurance that note of May 26 is understood to be a unilateral declaration by the German Government.
330
Sept. 27 (St.D.A.14) From the German Chargé
Request for transmittal to Treasury Department of two letters regarding Germany’s intention to postpone September 30 installment due for mixed claims payments and Army of Occupation costs.
332
Sept. 30 To the German Chargé
Advice that Treasury Department has taken due notice of action of German Government and consents to waive 90-day notice requirement.
333
Oct. 21 To the German Ambassador
Acknowledgment of German Embassy’s note of September 27, No. St.D.A.13.
333
Nov. 28 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Conversation with German Ambassador, who expressed his government’s alarm over the information that the President of United States might include in his message to Congress a recommendation changing priority of German claims payments, which might injure German credit.
334
Nov. 29 Memorandum by the Secretary of State
Discussion with German Ambassador regarding proposed change in priority of German claims payments.
335
[Page XLV]Dec. 10 (790) To the Ambassador in Germany
Information that Treasury Department has agreed to withhold recommendation for legislation revising priority of payments of German claims provided German Government makes declaration of intention of ultimately paying proposed annuities.
336
Dec. 30 From the German Ambassador
Request for transmittal to Treasury Department of two communications regarding Germany’s intention to postpone installment due March 31, 1933, for mixed claims payments and Army of Occupation costs.
337

Withholding of Acquiescence in German Tariff Arrangements With Rumania and Hungary in Conflict With the German-American Commercial Treaty of December 8, 1923

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Mar. 8 (51) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Information that negotiations are being completed for putting into force the German preferential customs agreement with Rumania, Hungary and Austria, and that American attitude is accepted as acquiescent, the American Government having been notified of German intention and no objection having been made.
338
Mar. 18 (26) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Explanation of American attitude regarding proposed arrangement; intention to advise German Ambassador accordingly and suggestion that Foreign Office might be advised informally of their misapprehension regarding American attitude.
339
Mar. 21 Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State
Conversation with official of German Embassy, who was advised of U. S. Government’s position that its formal consent should be required before preference arrangements were put into effect, in view of mutual treaty obligations, and that failure to protest should not be taken as approval.
340
Mar. 27 (858) From the Minister in Rumania
Rumanian attitude toward proposal to put into effect preferential clauses of German-Rumanian commercial convention.
342
May 21 (54) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Request for information regarding action taken on Department’s telegram No. 26, March 18, and German reaction.
343
May 23 (99) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Conversation with Foreign Office official regarding U. S. position, German views, and present status of negotiations with Hungary and Rumania.
344
[Page XLVI]May 26 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
German Ambassador’s hope that U. S. Government will not make definite protest against proposed arrangements, because of their importance to economic reconstruction of Central Europe.
345
May 27 (57) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Note for formal presentation to German Government (text printed), advising that U. S. Government cannot aquiesce in proposal to grant customs preferences to Hungary and Rumania which would be in derogation of U. S. treaty rights.
346
May 28 (107) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Presentation of note to German official, who expressed disappointment.
347
Oct. 27 To the Minister in Rumania
Department’s position on preferential tariffs.
347

Arrangement Between the United States and Germany Regarding Reciprocal Recognition of Certificates of Airworthiness for Imported Aircraft, Effected by Exchange of Notes, Signed May 27, 30, and 31, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 May 27 (798) From the American Ambassador in Germany to the German Minister for Foreign Affairs
Arrangement between the United States and Germany (text printed), providing for the acceptance by the one country of certificates of airworthiness of the other.
349
May 27 (II F 1049) From the German Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the American Ambassador in Germany
Text of arrangement.
350
May 30 (II F 1269, I) From the German Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the American Ambassador in Germany
Agreement that arrangement shall go into effect on June 1.
351
May 31 (800) From the American Ambassador in Germany to the German Minister for Foreign Affairs
Understanding that arrangement will come into force on June 1.
351

Arrangement Between the United States and Germany Regarding Air Navigation, Effected by Exchange of Notes, Signed May 27, 30, and 31, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 May 27 (797) From the American Ambassador in Germany to the German Minister for Foreign Affairs
Arrangement between the United States and Germany (text printed), regarding air navigation.
352
[Page XLVII]May 27 (II F 1049) From the German Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the American Ambassador in Germany
Text of arrangement.
357
May 30 (II F 1269, I) From the German Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the American Ambassador in Germany
Agreement that arrangement shall go into effect on June 1.
357
May 31 (800) From the American Ambassador in Germany to the German Minister for Foreign Affairs
Understanding that arrangement will come into force on June 1.
358

Representations Against Proposed German Import Quotas on Agricultural Products

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Sept. 19 (111) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Instructions to make oral representations against German intention to impose import quotas.
358
Sept. 21 (189) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Opinion that oral representations have been of use.
359
Sept. 21 (1939) From the Ambassador in Germany
Presentation to Foreign Office officials of Department’s views, and emphasis on point that if quotas are imposed, an equitable period of past importation be used as basis of quota percentage.
359
Sept. 28 (117) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Inquiry as to whether decision to impose quotas has been made, and instructions to continue to obtain as favorable treatment as possible for American interests.
361
Oct. 1 (1962) From the Chargé in Germany
Information that German Government has constituted a commission to negotiate with those countries whose consent is necessary under commercial treaties or agreements with Germany for the imposition of quota system, which does not, however, include the United States.
362
Oct. 11 (205) From the Chargé in Germany (tel.)
Success of representations to obtain further discussion of quota matter, and probable intention of German Government to approach Department through Embassy in Washington.
364
Oct. 11 (1977) From the Chargé in Germany
Opinion that further discussions should be held in Washington; report that negotiations between German commission and other interested governments have not been successful and probable action will be a short-term intermediary agreement.
364
[Page XLVIII]Oct. 21 (124) To the Chargé in Germany (tel.)
Discussion with German Ambassador regarding agricultural quotas which will probably be imposed as of November 1; Department’s desire for 3-year period as quota basis.
365
Oct. 22 (209) From the Chargé in Germany (tel.)
Probability that quota imposition may be postponed until after election.
366
Oct. 28 (126) To the Chargé in Germany (tel.)
German Ambassador’s opinion that quota system, if imposed, will be temporary, and based on global, rather than national, system. Instructions to continue representations in favor of the 3-year period as quota basis.
366
Oct. 29 (211) From the Chargé in Germany (tel.)
Information that German Government has again been advised of U. S. position regarding 3-year average as basis.
(Note: Information that Department files appear to contain no continuation of correspondence on this subject.)
367

Representations Against Certain Regulations With Regard to the Importation and Exhibition of Foreign Motion-Picture Films in Germany

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Apr. 14 (1653) From the Ambassador in Germany
Memorandum of conversation, April 11 (text printed), between American Trade Commissioner and Foreign Office official regarding German and international film situation.
367
Sept. 17 (708) To the Ambassador in Germany
Instructions to endeavor to take action regarding complaint by American film interests against certain provisions of German regulations regarding importation and exhibition of foreign films in Germany.
370
Dec. 22 From the Ambassador in Germany
Note from Foreign Office, November 28 (text printed), in reply to Embassy’s representations in behalf of American film interests, expressing German policy; comment that note appears evasive and unsatisfactory.
371

German Representations Against a Provision of the Workmen’s Compensation Act of the State of Illinois With Respect to Alien Beneficiaries

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Aug. 24 (V 7820) From the German Chargé
Request that efforts be made to change a provision of the Workmen’s Compensation Act of Illinois so that it will not conflict with provision of German-American treaty of Amity, Commerce and Consular Rights of 1925.
374
[Page XLIX]Nov. 9 To the German Ambassador
Information received from Governor of Illinois regarding action being taken on German Embassy’s request.
376

Representations Against a German Decree Reducing Interest Rates on Certain Obligations Held by American Nationals

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Dec. 24 (211) To the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Request for report of effect on German securities owned by American citizens of new German decree reducing interest rates.
376
1932 Feb. 10 (1475) From the Ambassador in Germany
Note from Foreign Office, February 9 (text printed), advising of an unfavorable decision in response to Embassy’s representations on behalf of the American Founders Corporation for exemption from application of Emergency Decree of December 8, 1931.
377
Mar. 31 (564) To the Ambassador in Germany
Instructions to address note to Foreign Office presenting Department’s viewpoint regarding arguments advanced by the Foreign Office and expressing hope that German Government will find some procedure whereby Decree will not be applied to American holders of German securities payable in reichsmarks.
(Footnote: Information that apparently no reply was received from German Government.)
381

GREECE

Protests of the United States Against Greek Default in Payment on the Refugee Loan of 1924

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Apr. 28 (16) To the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Instructions to join in protests of diplomatic colleagues and International Financial Commission against intention of Greek Government to suspend transfer of payment on its external indebtedness, and to point out effect of such action on payment due U. S. Government under 1929 agreement, in event Greece does not sign Hoover moratorium agreement.
384
May 1 From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Representations made in accordance with Department’s instructions.
386
[Page L]May 5 (17) To the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Instructions to convey Department’s attitude fully to Greek authorities and to continue cooperation with colleagues and International Financial Commission.
387
May 9 (37) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Report on representations made, and opinion that suspension of debt service will continue indefinitely unless retaliatory measures are taken.
388
May 12 (39) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Information that the British will make protest to Greek Government May 14 on four specific points; request for authorization to make formal and simultaneous representations on two of the points included.
389
May 13 (21) To the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Authorization to make suggested representations.
390
May 16 (2146) From the Chargé in Greece
Formal protest made May 14 (text printed); advice that Italian and French Ministers did not join in protest.
390
May 24 (2156) From the Chargé in Greece
Foreign Office reply, May 19 (text printed), to Embassy’s representations of May 7 (text printed) and of May 14, explaining Greek Government’s conviction of necessity for action taken; information that similar reply was made to British protest of May 14 and to identical protests made by French and Italian Ministers on May 19.
392

Insistence of the United States Upon Equality of Treatment for the American Loan of May 10, 1929, to Greece

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Sept. 28 (42) To the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Instructions to advise Greek Government of Treasury position that it has no legal authority to waive payment or agree to delay in payment of November 10 installment due under 1929 debt agreement, as requested by Greek Minister.
396
Sept. 30 (253) To the Ambassador in Great Britain (tel.)
Observations on results of London conversations between representatives of bondholders and of Greek Government regarding service of Greek External Debt and proposed instructions to be issued to International Financial Commission at Athens by the Governments represented on the Commission; instructions to inquire of British Government whether its instructions to its representative on the International Financial Commission make adequate provisions to safeguard rights of U. S. Government under 1929 agreement.
(Footnote: The same, mutatis mutandis, to the Ambassadors in France and Italy.)
397
[Page LI]Oct. 3 (281) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Foreign Office intention merely to pass on to its representative the final agreement resulting from the London conversations, without reference to Greek-American loan, which it considers a matter between U. S. and Greek Governments.
398
Oct. 5 (575) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
French Government’s intention to consult with British Government before instructing its representative on the International Financial Committee.
399
Oct. 6 (105) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Representations made to Greek Government, October 1; expectation of early reply.
399
Oct. 17 Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State
Conversation with Greek Minister, who was advised that Question of postponement of Greek payment due November 10 would have to be taken up directly with the Secretary of the Treasury.
400
Oct. 19 (2266) From the Chargé in Greece
Memorandum of October 8 (text printed) from the Greek Prime Minister regarding entire question of debt settlement; comments on Prime Minister’s desire that second part of 1929 debt settlement be regarded as a war debt.
401
Oct. 20 (608) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
Information that French Government’s instructions to its representative on the International Financial Commission will embody principle of equality of treatment for all bondholders; report from British sources that U. S. Government does not intend to call for Greek payment for the present.
407
Oct. 21 (379) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Request that French authorities be advised that Treasury Department has not agreed to any negotiations for postponement of November 10 Greek debt payment.
409
Oct. 21 (57) To the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Advice that Greek Minister has again requested Treasury Department for postponement of November 10 payment; instructions to advise Prime Minister that Treasury has no legal authority to grant postponement of debt payment, this being solely within jurisdiction of Congress.
409
Oct. 21 (275) To the Ambassador in Great Britain (tel.)
Instructions to advise British officials of Treasury Department’s position as to British responsibility, in instructions issued to its representative on the International Financial Commission, to safeguard U. S. rights under the 1929 agreement.
410
Oct. 23 (96) From the Chargé in Italy (tel.)
Aide-mémoire of October 22 (text printed) from Italian Foreign Ministry indicating that instructions to Italian representative on the International Financial Commission are in accord with U. S. desire in connection with 1929 agreement.
411
[Page LII]Oct. 29 Memorandum by Mr. Paul H. Alling of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs
Statement by Greek Minister (text printed) for notification to Treasury Department, of proposed action by Greek Government regarding debt payment.
412
Nov. 8 (320) From the Ambassador in Great Britain (tel.)
Substance of British Government’s proposed instructions to the International Financial Commission and request for Department’s views.
413
Nov. 11 (281) To the Ambassador in Great Britain (tel.)
Treasury Department’s opinion that British Government’s proposed instructions to International Financial Commission do not provide for the safeguards required by the spirit of the loan agreement or the duties of the Commission. U. S. desire for equitable treatment.
415
Nov. 11 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs
Conversation with Greek Minister regarding apparent intention of Greek Government to discriminate against U. S. Government in favor of private bondholders in respect to November 10 payment.
417
Nov. 12 (401) To the Ambassador in France (tel.)
Instructions to make representations to Foreign Office in the sense of Department’s telegram No. 281, November 11, to Great Britain.
418
Nov. 13 (63) To the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
U. S. inability to accept Greek contention that 1929 loan is a war loan; instructions to advise Greek Government that U. S. Government expects to receive equality of treatment in respect to November 10 payment.
418
Nov. 15 (131) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Information that verbal representations have been made to Prime Minister.
419
Nov. 15 (328) From the Ambassador in Great Britain (tel.)
Text of note from Foreign Office advising that British representative on International Financial Commission is being notified that draft instructions, as quoted in Embassy’s telegram No. 320, November 8, are substantive and effective.
420
Nov. 16 (657) From the Chargé in France (tel.)
French Government’s repeated assurances that its instructions to its representative on the International Financial Commission are to assure equality of treatment for United States in respect to payment and transfer arrangements.
421
Nov. 16 (283) To the Ambassador in Great Britain (tel.)
Failure to understand British nonaccession to representations made in accordance with Department’s No. 281, November 11.
421
[Page LIII]Nov. 17 (132) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
British instructions to International Financial Commission for inclusion of American debt in transfer of 30 percent interest payment to be requested of Greek Government.
422
Nov. 17 (329) From the Ambassador in Great Britain (tel.)
Substance of note from British Government advising that as instructions to International Financial Commission contemplate equality of treatment for U. S. loan of 1929, U. S. wishes have been met, but observation that instructions will be without practical effect until Greek Government provides foreign currencies needed.
422
Nov. 18 (134) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Failure of Greek Cabinet to reach decision on question of 30 percent interest payment and inclusion of American debt according to London agreement.
423
Nov. 22 (135) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Unsatisfactory and indecisive interview with Prime Minister; belief that he will use U. S. demand for equality as a pretext for repudiating London agreement.
423
Nov. 28 (140) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Delivery by International Financial Commission of note to Greek Government November 26, and expectation of Greek reply November 29.
424
Dec. 20 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs
Conversation with Greek Minister, who advised of his Government’s decision to deposit in a blocked account 30 percent of interest due since November 10 pending solution of question whether second part of 1929 loan is a war loan.
424
Dec. 20 (152) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Information that 30 percent of November 10 interest payment has been deposited at the Bank of Greece, which action is limit of concession to be obtained from Greek Government.
426
Dec. 22 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs
Discussion with Greek Minister concerning action of Greek Government in connection with November 10 payment.
426
Dec. 22 Memorandum by the Secretary of State
Conversation with Greek Minister, who requested sympathetic attitude in regard to Greek debt.
428
Dec. 24 (154) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Information that British Minister had pointed out to Greek Foreign Minister the necessity for the International Financial Commission to respect its obligation to accord equality of treatment to the American debt.
429
Dec. 31 (158) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Advice from Foreign Minister that Greek Government will pay 30 percent through International Financial Commission on 1929 loan.
429
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GREECE

Representations Against a Greek Decree Forcibly Converting Foreign Currency Into Drachmas

Date and number Subject Page
1932 July 30 (73) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Report on new legislative decree fixing arbitrary conversion rate on internal debts and bank deposits in foreign currency.
430
Aug. 1 (75) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Principal provisions of decree; informal representations for less rigid interpretation of provision affecting foreigners habitually resident in Greece, including native-born Americans.
430
Aug. 3 (33) To the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Authorization to present formal note making full reservations of rights of the United States and its nationals, and request for information on certain points.
431
Aug. 5 (270) From the American Chargé in Greece to the Greek Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs
Reservation of rights of U. S. Government and its nationals, and inquiry as to precise meaning of provision of decree relating to deposits in foreign currency or exchange of foreign citizens.
432
Aug. 7 (78) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Transmittal of information requested in Department’s telegram No. 33 of August 3.
432
Aug. 10 (79) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Report on representations made by British, French, and Italian Legations; information that Italian Minister is requesting interview with Prime Minister Venizelos, and request for authorization to do likewise.
434
Aug. 11 (34) To the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Nonobjection to proposed interview and suggestions for discussion.
434
Sept. 2 (38) To the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Instructions to obtain early interview with Venizelos to inform him that U. S. Government cannot agree to application to American nationals of confiscatory features of decree of July 29 and to request exemption therefrom for American nationals.
434
Sept. 12 (89) From the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Results of interview with Venizelos; opinion that favorable modification of law may be obtained after elections on September 25.
435
1933 Jan. 8 (2337) From the Chargé in Greece
Report that Government is considering amendment of decree so as to grant refund to depositors of foreign exchange.
436
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Status With Respect to Military Service of American Citizens of Greek Origin Visiting Greece

Date and number Subject Page
1932 July 26 (937) To the Chargé in Greece
Request for information regarding status and military obligations in Greece of American citizens of Greek origin, particularly with regard to the conditions under which they may visit Greece without molestation.
437
Dec. 19 (2329) From the Chargé in Greece
Inability to obtain satisfactory answer to Department’s request, because of unstable state of Greek governmental affairs, but intention to continue the endeavor.
441

Assistance by the Department of State to the Monks-Ulen and Company, Opposing the Efforts of the Greek Government To Modify the Contract of October 20, 1928

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Dec. 7 (70) To the Chargé in Greece (tel.)
Instructions to render assistance to Ulen Company representative in connection with Greek Government’s demand for modification of company’s contract.
442
Dec. 31 (2336) From the Chargé in Greece
Successful intervention with Greek Government in behalf of Monks-Ulen and Company.
442

Representations Against the Registration of Basil and Theodore Petrides, American Citizens, as Greek Subjects

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Nov. 30 (676) To the Minister in Greece
Instructions to make representations concerning the action of Greek authorities in requiring the registration as Greek subjects of the two American-born sons of Dr. Petrides, naturalized American citizen, during their recent visit to Greece, and to request removal of their names from Greek records.
443
1932 July 12 (26904½) From the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the American Legation in Greece
Assertion that Mrs. Petrides was permanently residing in Greece when registration of her sons was ordered.
444
Oct. 17 (1046) To the Chargé in Greece
Instructions to again take up Petrides case with Greek authorities on grounds of Mrs. Petrides’ declaration that she was not permanently residing in Greece.
445
[Page LVI]Nov. 28 (2307) From the Chargé in Greece
Information that note has been sent to Foreign Ministry in accordance with Department’s instructions of October 17 but that authorities have already refused U. S. request; comment that conflict of opinion regarding nationality will continue until Greece consents to enter a naturalization convention.
446
1933 Feb. 10 (3999½) From the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the American Legation in Greece
Regret at inability to accede to U. S. Government’s request for removal of Petrides children from register of Greek citizens.
447

ICELAND

Arrangement Between the United States and Iceland Regarding Reciprocal Recognition of Load Line Certificates, Effected by an Exchange of Notes, Signed January 16, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Jan. 16 (5) From the Danish Minister
Provisions of proposed agreement between the United States and Iceland for the mutual recognition of load line certificates for merchant ships, pending the coming into force of the 1930 International Load Line Convention in the United States and Iceland.
449
Jan. 16 To the Danish Minister
Concurrence in terms of agreement.
450

ITALY

Protests by the Italian Government Against Unofficial Charges of Pro-Fascist Activities of Italian Consuls in New York

Date and number Subject Page
1932 July 29 Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State of a Conversation With the Italian Ambassador
Discussion regarding proposal of certain organizations to hold joint celebration in honor of Washington and Garibaldi, and attitude of anti-Fascist group.
452
Aug. 1 From Representatives of Organizations of American Citizens of Italian Origin
Request for investigation of two Italian Vice Consuls in connection with July 4th riot in New York between Fascist and anti-Fascist groups following Garibaldi memorial meeting, during which Salvatore Arena was killed.
453
[Page LVII]Aug. 4 Memorandum From the Italian Embassy
Observations regarding the charges made by the anti-Fascist Italo-American groups in connection with the July 4 riot and killing of Arena.
455
Aug. 18 From the Italian Embassy
Denial of alleged implication of the two Italian Vice Consuls in murder of Salvatore Arena.
456
Sept. 26 Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State of a Conversation With the Italian Ambassador
Ambassador’s inquiry as to whether reply had been received from State of New York in regard to charges against the Italian Vice Consuls.
456
Nov. 10 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Conversation with Italian Ambassador, who said that Mussolini had agreed to the dissolution of Fascist organizations in New York.
457
Dec. 6 Memorandum by Mr. Joseph C. Green, of the Division of Western European Affairs, of a Conversation With the Italian Chargé
Advice to the Chargé that Department’s investigation has resulted in clearing of the Italian Vice Consuls of implication in the July 4 riot and murder; and query as to desire of Italian Embassy for press release in the matter; Italian preference that incident be considered closed.
457

Right of American Citizens When Arrested To Communicate With American Consular Officers

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Mar. 15 (1319) From the Ambassador in Italy
Foreign Office informal memorandum (text printed) concerning procedure followed by Italian authorities in connection with the arrest and imprisonment of American citizens in Italy; request by Ambassador for similar information regarding U. S. procedure.
458
Apr. 28 (623) To the Ambassador in Italy
Information requested regarding U. S. practices, and instructions to communicate to Italian Foreign Office in informal memorandum.
459
May 5 (631) To the Ambassador in Italy
Instructions to inquire as to right of a diplomatic or consular officer to visit any imprisoned national during incomunicado period and to ascertain Italian position regarding right of an Italian officer to visit imprisoned national in foreign countries.
461
[Page LVIII]July 15 (1492) From the Ambassador in Italy
Foreign Office memorandum of July 9 (text printed) in regard to points raised in Department’s instruction of April 28; advice that no reply has been received to note based on Department’s instruction of May 5, but several of the points raised are referred to in this memorandum.
461

Arrangement Between the United States and Italy Regarding Reciprocal Recognition of Load Line Certificates, Effected by Exchange of Notes, Signed September 8, 1931, and June 1, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Sept. 8 (F. O. No. 693) From the American Chargé in Italy to the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Provisions of proposed agreement between the Governments of the United States and Italy for the mutual recognition of load line certificates for merchant ships.
463
1932 June 1 From the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the American Embassy in Italy
Agreement with terms of proposed arrangement.
464

LITHUANIA

Conflicting Interests of Lithuania and Germany in Memel Territory

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Aug. 3 (Diplo. No. 280) From the Chargé in Lithuania
Report on conditions of unrest in Memel territory, because of conflict of German and Lithuanian elements.
466
1932 Jan. 13 (Diplo. No. 379) From the Chargé in Lithuania
Crisis arising from trip to Berlin of President of Memel Directorate and two associates.
468
Feb. 2 (Diplo. No. 394) From the Chargé in Lithuania
Comments on Lithuanian and German policies in Memel territory.
471
Feb. 23 (40) From the Ambassador in Germany (tel.)
Anxiety of German Foreign Office over Memel situation.
472
Feb. 24 (1512) From the Ambassador in Germany
German attitude toward Memel situation, and fear of seizure of power by Lithuanian elements.
472
Feb. 24 (6) To the Minister in Latvia (tel.)
Instructions to strive for moderating influence on the Lithuanian Government in any comments made on the Memel situation.
475
[Page LIX]Feb. 25 (30) From the Minister in Latvia (tel.)
Resignation of President of Directorate; probability of new elections for Diet and appointment of new Directorate.
475
Feb. 27 (96) From the Minister in Latvia
Observations on present situation and recent developments in Memel; unlikelihood of extraordinary measures by Lithuanians.
476
Mar. 3 (Diplo. No. 13) From the Chargé in Lithuania
Interviews with Lithuanian Foreign Minister and representatives of foreign governments regarding Memel situation.
477
Mar. 14 (Diplo. No. 20) From the Chargé in Lithuania
Report of formation of new and purely Lithuanian Directorate.
480
Apr. 12 (1644) From the Ambassador in Germany
Editorial comment by Nazi organ on the Memel situation; increased tension in Germany over Lithuanian action.
481
Apr. 14 (263) From the Minister in Latvia
Requests for instructions, if any, as to possible action to assist in composing differences involved in Memel controversy.
482
June 6 (65) To the Minister in Latvia
Instructions to take no steps toward initiating discussions with Lithuanian or other authorities in Memel situation.
484
July 15 (561) From the Minister in Latvia
Interview with Lithuanian Foreign Minister, who advised that relations between Lithuania and Germany over Memel have become more tranquil.
484

NETHERLANDS

Arrangement Between the United States and the Netherlands Regarding Reciprocal Recognition of Load Line Certificates, Effected by Exchange of Notes

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Aug. 26 To the Netherlands Chargé
Terms of agreement between United States and the Netherlands for mutual recognition of load line certificates for merchant vessels, pending the coming into force of the 1930 International Load Line Convention in the two countries.
487
Nov. 16 (3956) From the Netherlands Minister
Information concerning new Government decree recognizing U. S. regulations pertaining to load lines; list of agencies recognized by the Netherlands as private investigation bureaus.
488
[Page LX]1932 Mar. 18 (935) From the Netherlands Minister
New Netherlands decree, dated January 29, regarding load line marks.
489
Apr. 22 To the Netherlands Minister
U. S. willingness to recognize certificates issued under decree of January 29 and those issued by authorized agencies; view that agreement may now be regarded as complete.
489
June 29 (2168) From the Netherlands Minister
Information that the authorized classification bureaus act in advisory capacity, certificates being issued by the Netherlands Government.
490
Sept. 30 (3031) From the Netherlands Minister
Concurrence in view that agreement may now be regarded as complete.
491

Proposal for the Establishment of a Reciprocal Air Navigation Arrangement Between the United States and the Netherlands

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Nov. 16 To the Netherlands Chargé
Text of reciprocal air navigation arrangement as agreed upon in negotiations between the United States and the Netherlands, which is to become effective 30 days from the receipt by the U. S. Government of notice of ratification by the Netherlands Government.
492
Nov. 16 From the Netherlands Chargé
Concurrence in text of arrangement and in understanding as to date it will become operative.
(Footnote: Information that ratification notice was never received by the United States.)
497
Dec. 29 To the Minister in the Netherlands
Information regarding arrangements for simultaneous publication of text of the air navigation arrangement in the United States and the Netherlands on December 17.
497

NORWAY

Arrangement Between the United States and Norway Regarding Customs Treatment of Importations for Consular Offices and Officers, Effected by Exchange of Notes, Signed January 20, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Jan. 20 To the Norwegian Minister
Understanding of agreement regarding customs treatment of importations for consular offices and officers, effective date to be February 1, 1932.
499
[Page LXI]Jan. 20 From the Norwegian Minister
Confirmation of understanding and of effective date.
500
Feb. 25 From the Norwegian Minister
Inquiry as to applicability of customs arrangement to Norwegian Consuls in U. S. colonies and possessions.
500
May 20 To the Norwegian Minister
Information requested regarding Norwegian Consuls if stationed in Alaska, Hawaii, Porto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
500
June 27 To the Norwegian Minister
Information requested with regard to Norwegian Consuls in the Philippines.
502

RUMANIA

Attitude of the Department of State Relative to Matters Concerning the Status of Bessarabia

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Feb. 4 From the Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs to the Secretary of State
Expectation that Rumanian Minister will request American approval of proposed boundary between Bessarabia and Soviet Russia (including Bessarabia in Rumania) in connection with pending Soviet-Rumanian nonaggression pact.
503
Feb. 4 Memorandum by the Secretary of State
Unwillingness to express opinion to Rumanian Minister regarding Rumania’s right to occupy Bessarabia.
505
Mar. 24 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State of a Conversation With the Rumanian Minister
Inability to give answer as to probable American action in event of hypothetical attack by Russia upon Rumania.
505
May 13 From the Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs to the Under Secretary of State
Opinion that Rumanian Minister may soon renew plea for U. S. recognition of Rumanian annexation of Bessarabia; favorable attitude toward possible settlement of question administratively by including Bessarabian immigration quota in Rumanian quota.
506

Representations to the Rumanian Government With Respect to Discrimination Against an American Company in Awarding a Contract

Date and number Subject Page
1932 July 13 (916) From the Minister in Rumania
Information that representations have been made to Rumanian Government to secure equality of opportunity for an American firm in the awarding of a contract for railway signal installations.
508
[Page LXII]Aug. 17 (932) From the Chargé in Rumania
Note of August 6 to the Rumanian Foreign Minister (text printed), protesting discrimination against American firm in the awarding of a contract and requesting formal indication of intentions of Rumanian Government.
510
Aug. 24 (259) To the Minister in Rumania
Approval of action taken in seeking equality of opportunity for American firms.
517
Oct. 14 (964) From the Minister in Rumania
Interviews with Foreign Office officials, who acknowledged justice of U. S. complaints of discrimination, expressed regret, and suggested that compensation might be made by awarding another contract to the American firm.
518

RUSSIA

Citizenship Status of American Nationals Exercising Political Rights in Russia

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Apr. 28 (254) From the Consul General at Berlin
Report of increasing demand upon the Consulate General at Berlin for citizenship and protection services for Americans residing in Soviet Russia.
521
1932 Apr. 12 To the Consul General at Berlin
Department’s views and instructions for determining citizenship status and rights of Americans residing in Soviet Russia.
523

SPAIN

Efforts of the Governments of the United States and Spain To Eliminate Mutual Trade Grievances

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Jan. 18 (3) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Presentation to Foreign Minister of Departmental memorandum regarding Spanish trade grievances.
527
Jan. 28 (8) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Advice that Spanish Chargé in Washington has been authorized to begin negotiations shortly on basis of Department’s memorandum.
527
Jan. 30 (6) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Request for opinion as to desirability of advising Foreign Office that United States expects Spain to grant immediate reciprocal most-favored-nation treatment, and if not granted, formal protest will have to be submitted.
528
[Page LXIII]Feb. 2 (9) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Concurrence in Department’s suggestion, and request for instructions.
528
Feb. 4 (10) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Instructions to take action outlined in Department’s telegram No. 6, of January 30.
529
Feb. 7 (12) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Report of representations made, and of Foreign Office request for delay in extending most-favored-nation treatment until Washington conversations have begun. Recommendation that formal protest be postponed.
529
Feb. 8 (11) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Approval of recommendation to postpone formal protest.
530
Mar. 10 Memorandum by Mr. Ellis O. Briggs, of the Division of Western European Affairs, of a Conversation Between the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs and the Spanish Ambassador
Preparations for conversations between experts of Agriculture and Treasury Departments, Tariff Commission, and representatives of Spanish Embassy regarding Spanish trade grievances.
530
Mar. 16 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs
Conversation with Spanish Ambassador, who expressed readiness to proceed with conversations and who was advised of U. S. expectation that most-favored-nation treatment would now be granted by Spanish Government.
531
Mar. 28 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs
Advice to Spanish Ambassador of impossibility for United States to agree to suggestion for a settlement on a bargaining basis, and reiteration of U. S. desire for most-favored-nation treatment.
532
Mar. 29 (19) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Authorization, on certain conditions, to recall to Foreign Office its promise to urge granting of most-favored-nation treatment upon beginning of Washington conversations.
533
Mar. 30 (24) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Spanish proposal to grant most-favored-nation treatment on a definite list of products.
534
Mar. 31 (20) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Instructions to inform Foreign Office that complete most-favored-nation treatment is the only kind U. S. Government grants or could recognize.
535
Apr. 4 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Suggestion by Spanish Ambassador that United States might submit a list of everything exported to Spain, which would then be given most-favored-nation treatment.
536
[Page LXIV]Apr. 11 (671) From the Chargé in Spam
Note of April 5 from the Spanish Minister of State (text printed), explaining Spain’s legal difficulty in granting general most-favored-nation treatment and proposing to concede it in practice on basis of list of all articles of interest to the United States.
537
Apr. 21 (27) To the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Note for Spanish Minister of State (text printed), accepting Spanish proposal; instructions for presenting note and list of products.
539
Apr. 23 (33) From the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Presentation of note and list to Spanish Government, with inquiry as to how and when agreement is to become effective.
540
Apr. 26 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs
Complaint by Spanish Ambassador about newspaper publicity on commercial negotiations.
540
May 6 (36) From the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Receipt of official note from Spanish Ministry of State requesting amplification of list of articles in order to avoid additional lists from time to time.
541
May 7 (29) To the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
U. S. opinion conveyed to the Spanish Ambassador that in view of the considerable progress made in the Washington negotiations, Spanish Government should now make effective the most-favored-nation arrangement. Disinclination to submit amplified list requested.
542
May 9 (37) From the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Indication of Spanish Government’s reasons for desiring amplified list, and suggestion that request be complied with, if possible.
544
May 10 (695) From the Chargé in Spain
Note of April 22 to the Spanish Minister of State and reply of May 5 (texts printed) regarding arrangement for granting of most-favored-nation treatment to American products.
544
May 20 (39) From the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Objections of Spanish Ministry of Agriculture to granting of most-favored-nation treatment to United States with no definite concessions in return; informal memorandum from Spanish Government (text printed) regarding admission of Almerian grapes to United States.
546
May 21 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Spanish Ambassador’s advice that it is impossible for his Government to grant general most-favored-nation treatment without reversal of U. S. policy of non-admission of Almerian grapes.
547
[Page LXV]May 25 (35) To the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Instructions not to discuss grape question but to refer inquiries to Washington.
549
June 2 Memorandum by Mr. Ellis O. Briggs of the Division of Western European Affairs
Meeting of Spanish representatives with members of Departments of State and Agriculture regarding embargo on Almerian grapes and Spanish proposal for their admission to United States.
550
June 18 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Discussion with Spanish Ambassador regarding Spanish grapes and suggestion that Agriculture Department representative be sent to Spain to examine situation.
553
June 27 (57) From the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Report from a group of American businessmen that according to Spanish Ministry of State, only the nonreceipt of a reply to Spanish request for amplified list was delaying granting of most-favored-nation treatment.
553
June 28 (46) To the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Instructions to obtain interview with Minister of State regarding information reported in telegram of June 27.
554
June 30 (58) From the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Interview with Minister of State, who asserted that non-receipt of list was not an obstacle.
554
Aug. 10 (328) To the Ambassador in Spain
Summary of situation regarding Spanish trade complaints.
555
Oct. 10 (92) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Request for opinion as to effect of application of section 338 of Tariff Act.
556
Oct. 15 (81) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Opinion that invocation of section 338 would have adverse effect on American interests; proposal for meeting between Counselor of Embassy and Spanish official from Commerce Department.
557
Oct. 21 (96) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Approval of proposed meeting of Embassy and Spanish officials, and suggested points for discussion.
558
Nov. 3 (85) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Report of discussions; opinion that the Spanish are endeavoring to prolong negotiations in hope of winning further concessions.
559
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SPAIN

Representations Against Bills Introduced in the Spanish Cortes To Annul the Contract of the International Telephone and Telegraph Company

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Dec. 10 (68) To the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Instructions to inform Spanish Government of U. S. interest in protection of rights of American company in view of report that a bill has been introduced into the Spanish Cortes declaring National Telephone Company contract illegal and confiscating company’s equipment.
560
Dec. 12 (70) To the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Instructions to make representations against reintroduction of telephone company expropriation bill.
560
Dec. 14 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Advice to Spanish Chargé of U. S. Government’s intention, in the event of the enactment of expropriation bill, to protest and to demand indemnity for American company.
561
Dec. 14 (108) From the Chargé in Spain (tel.)
Interview with the President, who said that he would present the telephone company case to the new government when formed.
562
Dec. 23 (226) To the Ambassador in Spain
Telephone company’s expression of appreciation for assistance by Department and Embassy.
563
1932 Nov. 18 (86) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Revival of telephone company expropriation bill; advice that company has been requested to appear before Communications Committee of Cortes.
563
Nov. 19 (99) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Instructions to obtain interview with Prime Minister Azaña and advise him of U. S. opposition to unilateral action against company and to request assurance that he will oppose measure.
563
Nov. 21 (100) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Nonobjection of telephone company to investigations by the Spanish Government.
564
Nov. 22 (87) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Further representations to the Prime Minister; fear that nullification of contract is inevitable.
564
Nov. 22 (88) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Inquiry as to advisability of presenting formal note to Foreign Office regarding Department’s position.
565
Nov. 22 (101) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Approval of presentation of formal note of protest.
565
Nov. 23 (90) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Text of note of protest to Foreign Minister.
566
[Page LXVII]Nov. 24 (102) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Approval of representations, and request for recommendations as to publicity.
567
Nov. 25 (91) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Account of interview with Prime Minister; comment that Government appears to be divided on question.
568
Nov. 26 (92) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Opinion that publication of note of November 23 should be deferred, but request for authorization to notify Foreign Office of intention to publish it.
568
Nov. 28 (103) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Granting of authorization requested in telegram No. 92, November 26.
569
Nov. 28 (94) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Opinion that Embassy should not request prolongation of period granted telephone company for filing case with parliamentary subcommittee.
569
Nov. 28 Memorandum by the Counselor of Embassy in Spain
Interview with Sub-Secretary of State, who observed that nothing new had arisen in connection with nullification bill introduced in December 1931 and there was no cause for alarm; expression of contrary view of U. S. Government.
570
Nov. 29 (95) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Intimation to Sub-Secretary of State of Department’s intention to publish note of November 23.
571
Dec. 3 (99) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Interview with Foreign Minister, who was advised that Department could not approve any proposal based on nullification or denunciation of contract.
571
Dec. 3 (101) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Suggestion from source close to the Government that Spanish attitude might be influenced if a rumor were started in the American press as to withdrawal of American Ambassador.
572
Dec. 3 (107) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Approval of views expressed to Foreign Minister; intention to give oral summary of situation to correspondents in press interview.
572
Dec. 3 (102) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Text of Foreign Ministry’s reply to note of November 23, advising that Spanish Government considers question a domestic one.
573
[Page LXVIII]Dec. 4 (108) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Dissatisfaction with Spanish reply, and instructions for submission of further note if considered advisable.
574
Dec. 5 (105) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Text of note to Spanish Government advising that communication of December 3 does not alter in any way Department’s position as defined in note of November 23.
575
Dec. 5 (109) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Interview with Spanish Ambassador regarding Spanish note of December 3, and reiteration of American view. Information concerning press conference.
575
Dec. 5 (106) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Conversation with Foreign Minister, who affirmed that neither nullification or denunciation would occur.
577
Dec. 6 Memorandum by Mr. Ellis O. Briggs of the Division of Western European Affairs
Receipt of information that Spanish Government has abandoned position of illegality of contract and will prevent nullification bill from coming to a vote, and that commission representing telephone interests and Government will be appointed to study revision of contract.
577
Dec. 7 (107) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Approval by Cortes of Government’s request for suspension of action regarding telephone question.
578
Dec. 8 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Assurance to Spanish Ambassador that no press statement will be made regarding Spanish action.
579
Dec. 8 (108) From the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Text of note dated December 7 from Foreign Office advising that criterion contained in Embassy’s notes of December 3 and 5 is being put into effect; substance of note to Foreign Minister advising that criterion mentioned is understood to be that of joint examination.
579
Dec. 9 (113) To the Ambassador in Spain (tel.)
Approval of action taken; request for comments as to possible future developments.
580
[Page LXIX]

SWEDEN

Refusal of the Swedish State Railways To Pay Dexter and Carpenter, Inc., Judgment Granted by a United States Court

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Feb. 23 (96) To the Minister in Sweden
Instructions to communicate to Swedish Foreign Office expectation that, after further consideration of the facts of the case (as outlined), the Swedish Government will decide that judgment granted American firm as result of suit by Swedish State Railways in American courts, should be paid.
582
Mar. 29 (16) From the Minister in Sweden (tel.)
Information that note based on Department’s instructions was delivered to Foreign Office on March 12 and that Foreign Minister advised orally that matter had been referred to Ministry of Communications.
599
Apr. 12 (15) To the Minister in Sweden (tel.)
Instructions to communicate informally to Foreign Office Department’s view that any superficial consideration of case in the light of municipal law will not satisfy international obligations of the Swedish Government; that a basic and fundamental consideration by the Foreign Office is necessary.
599
Apr. 14 (471) From the Chargé in Sweden
Representations to Foreign Office official, who advised that Foreign Office would give the consideration asked.
600
Nov. 16 (614) From the Chargé in Sweden
Information obtained from Foreign Office that change in Government had retarded consideration of case, but that a reply to U. S. representations would be made within a reasonable time.
602

Arrangement Between the United States and Sweden Regarding Reciprocal Recognition of Load Line Certificates, Effected by an Exchange of Notes, Signed January 27 and June 1, 1932

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Jan. 27 (140) From the American Minister in Sweden to the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs
Arrangement for a reciprocal load line agreement between the United States and Sweden, pending the coming into force between the two countries of the International Load Line Convention of 1930.
603
June 1 From the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs to the American Chargé in Sweden
Concurrence in load line agreement.
604
[Page LXX]

YUGOSLAVIA

Representations in Support of the Standard Oil Company of Yugoslavia in Respect to Yugoslav Customs Duties

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Aug. 8 (1419) From the Minister in Yugoslavia
Review of tariff case of Standard Oil Co. of Yugoslavia and representations to Yugoslav Government in behalf of the company, including texts of notes of June 7 and 22.
606
1933 Feb. 7 (1558) From the Minister in Yugoslavia
Note of February 3 to Foreign Office (text printed), requesting reply to notes of June 7 and 22.
(Footnote: Information that apparently no reply was received from Yugoslav Government.)
616

Representations as to Citizenship and Liability for Military Service in Yugoslavia of Former Hungarian Subject Naturalized in the United States

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Jan. 26 (331) To the Minister in Yugoslavia
Instructions to take up with Yugoslav Government the case of John Belan, a naturalized American citizen, and to present Department’s view that he is not a Yugoslav subject and that, therefore, the military taxes levied against his father on his account should be remitted.
617
Sept. 6 (1445) From the Minister in Yugoslavia
Note of August 25 from Foreign Office (text printed) advising that name of John Belan has been removed from civil and military registers.
619

THE NEAR EAST AND AFRICA

EGYPT

Equality of Representation as Among the Principal Capitulatory Powers on the Mixed Courts of Egypt

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Jan. 12 (10) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
Foreign Office views regarding use of British influence on Egyptian Government in appointment of judgeships to Mixed Courts of Egypt.
621
Jan. 19 (1046) To the Chargé in Great Britain
Information concerning the part taken in the past by the British Government in connection with the appointment of judges of American nationality.
622
Feb. 24 (414) From the Minister in Egypt
Advice by the Assistant Judicial Adviser that there would be no difficulty from the Egyptian authorities concerning the appointment of an additional American judge.
623
[Page LXXI]June 16 (514) From the Minister in Egypt
Request for Department’s views on situation created by preponderance of British representation on Mixed Courts.
624
Sept. 10 (168) To the Minister in Egypt
Note for Foreign Minister (text printed) reserving U. S. position with respect to the principle of equality of representation on the Mixed Courts and making formal request for appointment of an additional American judge at the earliest opportunity; instructions to inform British High Commissioner of action taken.
(Footnote: Information that the note, dated December 2, was acknowledged on December 11.)
626
Nov. 7 (27) To the Minister in Egypt (tel.)
Views requested by Legation’s telegram No. 514 of June 16.
628

Appointment of an American Representative on the International Quarantine Board at Alexandria

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Nov. 24 (354) From the Minister in Egypt
Conversation with Foreign Minister on subject of American representation on the International Quarantine Board; Egyptian Government’s view that the question is a domestic matter and that Board should be converted from an international to a purely Egyptian institution.
629
1932 Feb. 9 (400) From the Minister in Egypt
Foreign Office note of February 4 (text printed) expressing hope for American adherence to Egyptian Government’s desire for eventual transformation of the Board from an international to an Egyptian institution.
631
1933 Feb. 21 (204) To the Minister in Egypt
Note for Foreign Minister (text printed) making complete reservation of U. S. Government’s position with respect to American representation on International Quarantine Board.
637
(Note: Information that Quarantine Board was abolished and its functions transferred to the Egyptian Ministry of Public Health by Royal Decree effective November 1, 1939.) 639
[Page LXXII]

EGYPT

Representations Against Egyptian Decrees Restricting Automotive Traffic and increasing taxes on motor vehicles

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Apr. 1 (437) From the Minister in Egypt
Note of March 31 to the Foreign Office (text printed) protesting administrative acts restricting automotive traffic which are apparently in conflict with existing legislation and are harmful to American interests.
640
June 2 Memorandum by the Minister in Egypt
Conversation with Prime Minister, who gave no assurances that Egyptian policy toward automotive traffic and vehicles would be altered in the near future.
643
June 17 (518) From the Minister in Egypt
Note to the Foreign Ministry, June 13 (text printed), protesting against application of certain decrees to American nationals, and memorandum of conversation (text printed) at time of presentation of note.
644
July 2 Memorandum by the Minister in Egypt
Advice to Foreign Minister of willingness to submit to U. S. Government the Egyptian proposal for new automobile taxes, but warning that question would probably be considered in connection with still unsettled problem of traffic restriction.
647
July 6 From the Egyptian Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the American Legation in Egypt
Explanation and clarification of decree of February 29 regarding restrictions on operation of commercial vehicles.
648
Oct. 22 From the American Legation in Egypt to the Egyptian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Aide-mémoire advising that while the U. S. Government is willing to consider sympathetically question of application of proposed new motor taxes to American nationals, it cannot do so until illegal restrictions and taxes on commercial vehicles have been satisfactorily settled.
654
Dec. 6 (192) To the Minister in Egypt
Approval of action taken in submitting aide-mémoire of October 22 to Egyptian Government.
655

Representations Against High Dues and Charges at the Port of Alexandria

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Sept. 15 (568) From the Minister in Egypt
Note to Foreign Office, September 13 (text printed), expressing desire that the high port dues and charges at Alexandria be brought to the attention of the Ministry of Finance; advice that action was requested by an official of an American steamship line, and that Greek, French, German, and Italian colleagues have sent similar notes.
655
[Page LXXIII]Nov. 8 (186) To the Minister in Egypt
Approval of note on basis of joint action with colleagues, but desire that additional information be submitted to Department and instructions requested before further representations are made.
657

ETHIOPIA

Cooperation by the United States in Efforts To Effect a Reform of the Special Court at Addis Ababa

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Feb. 16 (899) From the Minister in Ethiopia
Refusal to participate in joint action by diplomatic body to force reform in procedure and administration of Ethiopian Special Court, on grounds of lack of specific complaint.
659
Mar. 8 (230) To the Minister in Ethiopia
Instructions to seek audience with the Emperor and express U. S. Government’s concern over unsatisfactory functioning of the Special Court.
660
May 4 (952) From the Minister in Ethiopia
Representations to the Emperor and Foreign Minister, and advice by the latter that steps toward reform of Special Court are being actively considered.
661
Aug. 15 (1023) From the Minister in Ethiopia
Draft note from the diplomatic body to the Ethiopian Government (text printed) containing recommendations for reform of Special Court; Legation’s tentative adherence to the note, and request for instructions.
662
Sept. 17 (19) To the Minister in Ethiopia (tel.)
Authorization for definite adherence to the note of the diplomatic body.
670
Nov. 26 From the Diplomatic Corps in Ethiopia to the Ethiopian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Agreement with certain proposals of the Ethiopian Government for the improvement of the Mixed Court.
670
[Page LXXIV]

IRAQ

Insistence of the United States on Its Right To Be Consulted Regarding the Conditions of Iraq’s Administration Upon the Termination of the Mandatory Relationship

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Feb. 26 (75) To the Ambassador in Great Britain (tel.)
Instructions to inquire of Foreign Office as to whether U. S. Government is correct in its assumption that it will be consulted by the British Government with respect to conditions under which Iraq is to be administered upon termination of its mandatory relationship with Great Britain.
672
Apr. 5 (2716) From the Chargé in Great Britain
Note of March 1 to Foreign Office in accordance with Department’s instructions, and reply of April 1 (texts printed) agreeing to communicate to U. S. Government copies of Iraq’s assurances to League of Nations; comment that this appears to constitute notification after action rather than acknowledgement of a right to prior consultation.
673
June 17 (84) To the Ambassador in Great Britain
Substance of note for Foreign Office making full reservation of U. S. position in the matter.
677
July 22 (244) From the Chargé in Great Britain
Foreign Office note of July 22 (text printed) transmitting copy of Iraq Government’s declaration to the League of Nations of June 27 and copy of report by League committee appointed to assist in preparation of declaration.
679
Sept. 20 (251) From the American Chargé in Great Britain to the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Inquiry as to whether British Government intends to lay before the appropriate body of the League of Nations the exchange of correspondence regarding U. S. Government’s right of consultation with respect to Iraq; U. S. intention to do so if Great Britain does not.
683
Sept. 24 (E 4804/9/93) From the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the American Chargé in Great Britain
Willingness to communicate the correspondence to the League after U. S. confirmation of documents to be included.
(Footnote: Information that agreed-upon documents were sent to the Secretary General of the League on October 11 for transmittal to the Permanent Mandates Commission.)
684
[Page LXXV]

LIBERIA

Proposed International Committee of Control in Liberia and Continued Non-recognition of the Barclay Administration

Date and number Subject Page
1932 Jan. 8 (5) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber (U. S. representative on Liberian Committee): Advice that Department has unofficially notified Finance Corporation of America of meeting of the Liberian Committee (appointed by Council of the League of Nations in 1931) to consider the experts’ report, in which their interests in Liberia are mentioned; instructions to ascertain discreetly whether League Secretariat will send official notification.
686
Jan. 11 (9) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Postponement of Committee meeting to January 25.
687
Jan. 13 (9) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Summary of draft agreement submitted by Finance Corporation, under which they would advance further funds to Liberia; Department’s comments regarding paragraphs 2, 9, and 10, relating to U. S. Government’s participation.
687
Jan. 14 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs
Advice to British Embassy official that Mr. Reber will be present at Committee meeting.
690
Jan. 18 (16) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Request for further instructions regarding Finance Corporation’s draft, particularly the proposal for appointment of an American as Commissioner General.
691
Jan. 18 (19) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Request by League official that information be obtained as to Finance Corporation’s attitude toward a readjustment of the terms of the 1926 loan agreement.
692
Jan. 20 (17) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Comments on Finance Corporation’s draft proposal; instructions in reply to telegram No. 19, January 18, that matter is for decision between the Committee and the Finance Corporation, and that latter will have a representative in Geneva shortly.
692
Jan. 22 (22) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Summary of Observations made by President Barclay (transmitted to Department by the Minister in Liberia in presenting experts’ report to the Liberian Legislature.)
694
Jan. 25 (23) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Advisability of holding in abeyance decision on the three disputed paragraphs of Finance Corporation draft so that agreement can be reached on general principles of plan for Liberian rehabilitation.
695
[Page LXXVI]Jan. 25 (31) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Substance of Finance Corporation’s attitude with respect to the advance of further funds, as expressed by their representative to League official.
696
Jan. 26 (37) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
[From Reber:] Consideration of experts’ report by League Committee. British Government’s intention to submit report on unrest in Kru country of Liberia; request for authorization to submit similar report.
696
Jan. 27 (27) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Authorization to make suggested report concerning unrest in the Kru country.
698
Jan. 28 (31) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Text of telegram of January 27 from the Minister in Liberia reporting continued depredations on the Kru coast.
698
Feb. 1 (66) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Comment on second progress report completed at Committee meeting this date, which is unsatisfactory and indefinite in nature. Inquiry as to advisability of giving publicity to memorandum regarding Kru coast situation.
698
Feb. 3 (36) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
Nonobjection to proposed publicity on memorandum concerning Kru coast situation.
700
Feb. 6 (75) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Adoption by League Council of the Liberian Committee’s report.
700
Feb. 8 From the American Representative on the International Committee on Liberia
Summary of the meetings and discussions of the Liberian Committee; information that no recommendation to accept the experts’ report was contained in the Committee’s report, nor is it believed that Liberia will feel any compulsion to do so. Transmittal of American memorandum on disturbances on the Kru coast (text printed).
701
Feb. 19 From the British Embassy
Suggestion that joint representations be made by British, French, and American representatives in Liberia against reported renewal of oppression of Kru peoples by Liberian Frontier Force.
707
Mar. 2 To the British Ambassador
Request for confirmation of understanding that proposed joint action will be in conjunction with work of International Committee.
708
[Page LXXVII]Mar. 4 (21) To the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Instructions to make joint representations with British and French colleagues to President Barclay regarding proceedings against Kru population by Liberian Frontier Force, but making clear that this action has no connection with question of U. S. recognition of Liberian régime.
710
Mar. 7 (29) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Representations in accordance with Department’s telegram No. 21 of March 4.
711
Mar. 9 (30) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Liberian memorandum (text printed) replying to representations of March 7.
711
Mar. 11 (34) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Receipt of invitation to share in expenses of a British consular officer being sent to the Kru country to investigate and report on conditions.
(Footnote: Information that authorization was given on April 25 to cover American share of expenses.)
712
Mar. 21 (39) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
President Barclay’s intention to send a commission, consisting of one American and two Liberian members, to Kru coast to investigate situation; his promise to withdraw troops if their presence appears to be unwarranted.
713
Apr. 20 (49) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Summary of report by American member of Barclay investigation commission.
713
Apr. 30 (54) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Information regarding British investigator’s report on Kru situation.
715
May 2 (166) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Substance of a memorandum submitted to the Committee by the Liberian Government commenting on the experts’ report and indicating modifications desired by the Liberian Government in the experts’ plan of assistance.
716
May 4 (72) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Instructions to bring before the Committee Department’s attitude regarding the Firestone enterprise in Liberia in case of further criticism of that institution by Committee members.
717
May 5 (172) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Information that Liberian Government desires to negotiate directly with the Finance Corporation; advice to Liberian representative that matter should be handled through the Committee.
718
[Page LXXVIII]May 6 (76) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
[For Reber:] Approval of views expressed in telegram No. 172 of May 5.
720
Undated (175) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Efforts of Committee to reconcile views set forth in experts’ report with those of Liberian memorandum, in order to gain acceptance of reform plan.
720
May 7 (177) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Request for views of Department and Finance Corporation on new draft program proposed by the experts for Liberian assistance.
722
May 8 (77) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
[For Reber:] Necessity for settlement of the principle of authority to be delegated by Liberian Government in order to secure Department’s support of any compromise plan.
723
May 8 (78) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Agreement by Harvey Firestone, Jr., with Department’s views.
724
May 10 (184) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Request for approval of plan to submit to the Committee a joint memorandum from United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany, summarizing the findings of the British investigation on conditions on the Kru coast.
725
May 11 (81) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
Authorization to use any appropriate method in bringing report of British findings before the Committee.
725
May 14 (190) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Information that Department’s views as set forth in telegram No. 77 of May 8, were presented to the Committee.
726
May 17 Memorandum by Mr. Ellis O. Briggs of the Division of Western European Affairs
Telephone conversation with Mr. Reber, who advised of adoption by the Committee of a plan which he considered unworkable, and to which he felt United States must make formal reservation; information that telegraphic instruction for such reservation was sent May 17, 9 p.m.
726
May 19 (198) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Comments on report and reservations as finally adopted by the Committee for submission to the League Council.
727
May 20 (199) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
Council’s acceptance of Liberian Committee’s report and approval of suggestion for immediate despatch of special representative to try to handle Kru situation.
729
[Page LXXIX]May 21 (200) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Text of American reservation as included in Committee’s report.
731
May 26 (59) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Liberian Government’s declaration of intentions regarding League plan, and request for U. S. support.
732
May 27 (36) To the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Opinion that it is unnecessary at present to reply to Liberian proposal.
732
May 28 (96) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Instructions for replying to League’s proposal with respect to financing a special investigator to the Kru coast.
733
June 11 (58) To the Minister in Liberia
Copy of letter from Finance Corporation to the Liberian Secretary of the Treasury and the Financial Adviser, June 3 (text printed), protesting Liberian default on loan payments.
734
June 14 (61) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Information concerning proposed arrangements for sending Dr. Mackenzie (British sanitary expert in Liberia) to Kru coast as League Special Commissioner.
736
June 16 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs
Conversation with British Ambassador regarding Department’s nonapproval of League plan for Liberia.
737
June 18 (39) To the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Suggestion for informal and unofficial conversation with President Barclay, proposing possible action by Liberian Government to meet present state of emergency.
738
June 18 Memorandum by Mr. Ellis O. Briggs of the Division of Western European Affairs
Resignation of Colonel George W. Lewis, Adviser to the Liberian Frontier Force, as of July 15, on grounds that he was not given sufficient authority to accomplish anything.
740
June 21 Memorandum by Mr. Ellis O. Briggs of the Division of Western European Affairs
Conversation with Counselor of the German Embassy, who expressed his Government’s interest in health conditions in Liberia.
741
June 21 (40) To the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Instructions to inform Financial Adviser informally of resignation of Colonel Lewis as military adviser of Liberian Frontier Force.
742
[Page LXXX]June 24 (66) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Report on informal, confidential talk with President Barclay, who intends to submit to the Legislature a plan accepting in principle the League plan provided the chief adviser is an American citizen.
742
June 28 Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State
Conversation with the British Ambassador regarding President Barclay’s proposal; Ambassador’s feeling that his Government would approve the appointment of an American adviser.
743
June 30 (213) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Liberian Government’s acceptance of Dr. Mackenzie as special investigator to the Kru coast provided he is accompanied by an official of the Liberian Government.
744
July 19 (46) To the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Advice that Barclay plan should provide for adequate delegation of authority in order to secure U. S. Government’s approval; nonobjection to provision for appointment of an American adviser.
744
Aug. 3 (35) To the Minister in Belgium (tel.)
For Reber: Summary of developments at Monrovia during the past month.
745
Aug. 4 (234) From the Chargé in Great Britain
From Reber: Receipt of two letters from League Secretariat, one setting September 19 as date of next Committee meeting, and the other concerning British representative’s desire for presence of Finance Corporation and Firestone representatives at next meeting of Liberian Committee.
746
Aug. 10 (215) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
For Reber: Instructions for acknowledging the two letters from the Secretariat.
746
Aug. 19 (85) From the Chargé in Liberia (tel.)
Summary of joint resolution passed at second extraordinary session of Liberian Legislature regarding plan of assistance to be adopted.
747
Aug. 27 From the Under Secretary of State to the British Chargé
U. S. memorandum of August 25 (text printed), advising of inability of U. S. Government to approve either the League plan of assistance or Liberian joint resolution based thereon, or to transmit these proposals to Finance Corporation and Firestone Company; information that same memorandum has been transmitted to Italian, French, and German representatives.
(Footnote: Copies of memorandum to Edwin Barclay and Secretary General of the League.)
748
[Page LXXXI]Aug. 30 From the British Chargé to the Under Secretary of State
Understanding that the League is inviting Firestone Company to send representative with widest possible powers to forthcoming session of the Liberian Committee; expression of hope for U. S. support of invitation.
750
Aug. 31 To the British Chargé
Reiteration of U. S. viewpoint that any discussion of a plan of assistance will be futile unless and until adequate authority is delegated by Liberia.
750
Sept. 2 From the President of the Finance Corporation of America
Copies of League invitation of August 24 to send representative to Geneva, and company’s reply of September 2, declining the invitation (texts printed).
751
Sept. 2 From the Firestone Plantations Company
Information that no reply was made to League invitation of August 24, similar to that received by Finance Corporation.
752
Sept. 20 (250) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Willingness of majority of Committee to support extension of authority for Chief Adviser provided a “neutral” is appointed to that position.
752
Sept. 21 (132) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Instructions to advise Committee, if unable to reserve question, that U. S. Government would energetically support the appointment of an American citizen as Chief Adviser.
753
Sept. 21 (133) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Request for comments on advisability of initiating discussions with British Government on American attitude.
754
Sept. 22 (262) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Committee’s opposition to appointment of a national of any country having African possessions or specific interests in Liberia; opinion that direct discussions with the British would not be likely to cause a change in British policy.
755
Sept. 22 (1) From the Minister in Switzerland (tel.)
Messages from Lord Robert Cecil, British representative on Liberian Committee, and Sir John Simon, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, regarding question of nationality of the Chief Adviser.
756
Sept. 25 (3) To the Acting Chairman of the American Delegation at the General Disarmament Conference
For Wilson: Reply to messages from Sir John Simon and Lord Cecil that U. S. Government will not insist on appointment of a Chief Adviser of any given nationality.
758
[Page LXXXII]Sept. 29 From the American Representative on the International Committee on Liberia
Report on work of Committee during September session, and comments on Plan of Assistance finally adopted; letter of September 27 from Lord Robert Cecil to the American Minister in Switzerland (text printed) in reply to the Secretary of State’s message of September 25.
759
Sept. 29 (274) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Request to be informed as to how soon Firestone interests will be prepared to negotiate financial clauses of the Plan of Assistance.
766
Sept. 30 (144) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Advice that Firestone will not begin negotiations until acceptance of plan by Liberia and transmission of text officially to Finance Corporation.
766
Oct. 3 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs of a Conversation With the British Chargé
U. S. unwillingness to transmit League plan to the Firestone interests until assurance has been received that Liberian Government has agreed to delegation of adequate authority.
766
Oct. 4 (282) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Understanding that Liberian Government has accepted the Plan of Assistance.
767
Oct. 7 (288) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Request for instructions as to attitude to be adopted at Committee meeting of October 12, in regard to probable resentment by Committee over delay in commencing financial negotiations.
767
Oct. 7 (150) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Advice that text of plan was transmitted to Finance Corporation on October 5.
768
Oct. 8 From the President of the Finance Corporation of America
Unwillingness to enter into financial negotiations unless certain changes are made in League plan, including appointment of an American as Chief Adviser.
769
Oct. 10 To the Chairman of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company
U. S. Government’s unwillingness to assume exclusive responsibility for Liberia; hope that the Firestone interests will send a representative to Geneva.
771
Oct 11 (157) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Text of telegram from Finance Corporation advising that it will send a representative to Geneva; probability that representative will not arrive before mid-November.
773
[Page LXXXIII]Oct. 12 (297) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Committee’s desire that financial negotiations be concluded in time to submit final plan to special session of the Council, which begins November 14.
773
Oct. 13 (160) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Information that earliest date on which financial representative could sail would be November 1; comment that Committee’s censure of company for delay would only create difficulty.
774
Oct. 14 (298) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Council’s adoption of the Liberian Committee’s reports relating to the Plan of Assistance and approving the work of Dr. Mackenzie.
775
Oct. 26 From the President of the Finance Corporation of America
Information that company is sending an investigator to Liberia before entering into negotiations at Geneva.
(Footnote: Department’s instructions to Mr. Reber to inform the interested parties.)
776
Nov. 10 Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs
Conversation with British Ambassador regarding possibility of accelerating Liberian financial negotiations.
776
Nov. 11 (321) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Comments as to adverse effects on Liberian situation which will result from Finance Corporation’s action.
777
Nov. 13 (175) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Communication from Finance Corporation advising of necessity for investigation of conditions in Liberia and mentioning Liberian Government’s submission on October 18 of a proposal for financial readjustments.
779
Nov. 17 (325) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: League official’s opinion that next scheduled meeting of Committee need not be held provided assurances are received from Finance Corporation on three points regarding financial negotiations.
780
Nov. 18 (326) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Liberian assurances, in connection with proposals of October 18, that these related to budget problems only, and that it does not intend to settle financial provisions except in cooperation with the League.
781
Nov. 22 (181) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Text of letter of November 21 from Finance Corporation containing assurances requested in telegram No. 325 of November 17.
781
[Page LXXXIV]Nov. 23 To the American Representative on the International Committee on Liberia, at Geneva
Comment on difficulty in securing cooperation of Finance Corporation with Liberian Committee’s plan.
782
Nov. 23 To the American Representative on the International Committee on Liberia, at Geneva
Copy of the undated communication from the Liberian Government to the Finance Corporation (text printed), delivered by Acting Financial Adviser on October 18, requesting certain modifications in the terms of the 1926 loan agreement in order to balance the new 1933 budget.
782
Nov. 24 (335) From the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
From Reber: Information that Liberian Committee’s progress report was submitted to the Council, November 23, expressing regret at the further delay in negotiations.
784
Dec. 5 From the Under Secretary General of the League of Nations to the American Representative on the International Committee on Liberia
Request for information as to when Finance Corporation will be ready to begin negotiations in Geneva so that plans can be made for work of Committee.
785
Dec. 16 (109) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Assurances of cooperation by President Barclay to Finance Corporation representative; passage by Liberian Legislature of a bill containing provisions in contravention of the loan agreement.
786
Dec. 19 (76) To the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Instructions to make strong representations to President Barclay regarding adverse effects of enactment of the bill contravening loan agreement.
786
Dec. 21 (110) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Oral representations, in accordance with Department’s instructions of December 19, to President Barclay, who requested that information be submitted in an aide-mémoire.
787
Dec. 22 (77) To the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Instructions not to deliver any written communication; request for report on status of legislative bill.
787
Dec. 23 (78) To the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Authorization to inform diplomatic colleagues of U. S. Government’s attitude toward Liberia’s attempts to repudiate loan agreement by unilateral action.
788
Dec. 23 (79) To the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Text of letter to be delivered to President Barclay embodying oral representations of December 21.
788
[Page LXXXV]Dec. 24 (115) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Advice that Department’s instructions of December 23, telegrams 78 and 79, have been carried out.
789
Dec. 24 (116) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Report of efforts of Liberian Government to discredit Financial Adviser and all officials connected with Finance Corporation.
789
Dec. 29 (302) To the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
For Reber: Instructions to inform Lord Cecil of Department’s views on Liberian “law,” emphasizing certain points.
790
Dec. 30 (118) From the Minister in Liberia (tel.)
Substance of note from Executive Mansion, offensive in tone and signed by one of Barclay’s secretaries, replying to letter sent President Barclay.
791
Dec. 31 (349) From the Chargé in Great Britain (tel.)
From Reber: Representations, in accordance with Department’s instructions, to Lord Cecil, who expressed disapproval of Liberian action; intention, unless otherwise instructed, to make similar representations to League Secretariat upon return to Geneva on January 2.
792
1933 Jan. 3 (1) To the Consul at Geneva (tel.)
For Reber: Authorization to use own discretion in discussing situation with League and Committee officials; information that Minister in Liberia has been instructed to decline to accept the letter from the Executive Mansion (reported in Minister’s telegram No. 118 of December 30, 1932.)
792

PERSIA

Representations for Concessions Equivalent to Those Granted by Persia to the Soviet Union by the Convention of October 27, 1931

Date and number Subject Page
1931 Nov. 16 (936) From the Minister in Persia
Information regarding British aide-mémoire to Persian Foreign Minister regarding trade discriminations which will result from entry into force of Perso-Soviet commercial convention; opinion that similar representations by American Legation are unnecessary at present.
793
1932 Feb. 17 (1) To the Minister in Persia (tel.)
Instructions to make representations substantially in accord with British aide-mémoire.
796
[Feb. 29] From the American Legation in Persia to the Persian Ministry for Foreign Affairs Aide-mémoire
expressing U. S. Government’s desire for trade privileges equivalent to those accorded to Soviet Union under Perso-Soviet convention; indication of substantial accord with recent British representations.
798
[Page LXXXVI]Apr. 6 (7) To the Minister in Persia (tel.)
Instructions to withdraw aide-mémoire and to substitute a modified memorandum, omitting reference to British representations.
799
Apr. 8 (10) From the Chargé in Persia (tel.)
Request for approval of suggested modifications in memorandum.
800
Apr. 11 (9) To the Minister in Persia (tel.)
Approval of proposed modifications subject to certain changes.
801
[Apr. 14] From the American Legation in Persia to the Persian Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Memorandum submitted in substitution of aide-mémoire presented February 29.
802
May 5 (159) To the Minister in Persia
Instructions to make clear to Persian authorities U. S. Government’s objection to proposal requiring importers to furnish bank guarantee in lieu of export certificate hitherto required.
803
Aug. 2 (174) To the Minister in Persia
Instructions for submission of second note, in event that no action is taken to meet Department’s views, just prior to exchange of ratifications of Perso-Soviet convention.
806
Aug. 5 (18) To the Minister in Persia (tel.)
Surprise at learning of exchange of ratifications of Perso- Soviet convention on June 22, and request to be informed as to what representations, if any, were made to Persian authorities, and as to present attitude of Persian Government.
807
Aug. 11 (20) From the Minister in Persia (tel.)
Advice that no further representations have been made and that Persian Government has ignored past representations.
808
Nov. 14 (198) To the Minister in Persia
Instructions for presenting formal note protesting against violation of most-favored-nation rights by new Persian trade monopoly law and against trade discriminations reported by National Automobile Chamber of Commerce.
808
1933 Jan. 12 (1323) From the Minister in Persia
Note to Foreign Office, January 5 (text printed), protesting violation of most-favored-nation rights; explanation of noninclusion of complaint by representatives of American automobile interests.
809