611.526 Wines/26: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain (Bowers)

10. Department’s 5, January 18, 6 p.m.1 On February 9 the Spanish Ambassador brought in the first comprehensible and business like proposal we have had from Spain. Our negotiating committee immediately accepted it, except that where the Ambassador stipulated for 800,000 gallons of additional wines and spirits for the period ending March 31, this was amended to provide for 1,100,000 gallons up to April 30, 1934. A draft agreement was immediately prepared which the Ambassador said he would telegraph to Madrid. The Federal Alcohol Control Administration schedule calls for distribution of permits for March and April on February 28 and every provision has been made except with respect to Spain. Applications are on file [Page 689] to import much in excess of 1,100,000 from Spain and it is desired to close this agreement and proceed with necessary arrangements for permit issuance. Otherwise matter goes over for 2 months until next permit issuance period. Can Spanish Government instruct its Embassy?

  1. Not printed.