The Secretary of State to the Minister in Guatemala (Hanna)

No. 132

Sir: Referring to your despatch No. 473, of December 22, 1934, concerning trade in contraband chicle, the Department observes that the Guatemalan Foreign Minister’s reply to your note No. 76, of November 19, 1934, merely states that if the United States should require certificates of origin on chicle, that measure would be “completely useless” in aiding the Guatemalan Government to suppress contraband traffic in chicle.

In view of the negative nature of this reply, the Department will not give any further attention to this subject unless the Guatemalan Government, on its own initiative, sees fit to pursue it further.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
Sumner Welles