651.116 Nitrate/73: Telegram

The Ambassador in France ( Straus ) to the Secretary of State

869. Reference my No. 862 of November 20, 7 p.m. In order that in approaching Foreign Office in sense of Department’s telegram No. 469 of November 21, 6 p.m., certain points raised in Foreign Office note may simultaneously be refuted it would be appreciated if Department would telegraph whether as alleged American producers were parties to nitrates cartel instituted in June and July at Basel and London. Aikman79 states that the Barrett Company was not a party and that so far as he is aware neither were other American producers.

  1. T. T. Aikman, European representative of the Barrett Company.