825.5151/164: Telegram

The Ambassador in Chile (Sevier) to the Secretary of State

23. With reference to my telegram February 8, noon. Minister of Hacienda informed me this afternoon that the order for 20 railroad coaches will go to the American Company but that a decision has not been taken concerning locomotives. He added that the German bid is 20,000 pesos lower per locomotive than the American but that the question is still being studied. He gave me definite assurance that decision will be made exclusively on the merits of the offers without taking into consideration the promotion of nitrate sales to Germany.