839.51/4105: Telegram

The Minister in the Dominican Republic (Schoenfeld) to the Secretary of State

10. See my despatch No. 1529, April 4.12 My despatch No. 1553 today12 which goes forward by airmail April 23 reports information, unofficial but believed authentic, that (a) determined efforts have lately been made by the Dominican Government to enlist cooperation of American sugar interests operating in this country in endeavoring to expedite Dominican debt negotiations in the United States by giving companies assurance that proposed levy of export tax on sugar will not be effective if they will so cooperate; (b) that Mr. E. I. Kilbourne of West Indies Sugar Company left this morning for the United States by air to urge agreement as to Dominican debt service on basis desired by Dominican Government; and that (c) the President of the Republic would consider favorably suggestion by the Department [Page 197] or by Foreign Bondholders Protective Council that expert be sent here to investigate financial and fiscal condition of Dominican Government, though the President feels he cannot make this suggestion himself.

See also last sentence, page 6, my despatch 1263, November 4, 1933.13

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  3. Foreign Relations, 1933, vol. v, p. 655; reference is to the sentence on p. 658 beginning “For this purpose …”.