811.114 St. Pierre-Miquelon/423: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Bullitt)

453. Department’s telegram No. 123, April 16, 5 p.m., and Instruction October 28, 1936.46 Vice Consul St. Pierre, replying Department’s request for his views as to desirability of suggesting that provision be included in new decree prohibiting or controlling operation of distillery, similar to provision in earlier proposed decree, states Minister of Colonies is said to have advised against including such provision in decree, that Administrator assured him he would not grant permission to operate distillery without instructions from French Government. Vice Consul suggests, however, that verbal assurance might be obtained from French Government that no distillery be permitted at St. Pierre.

Vice Consul also states that while he believes insistence on landing certificate for French spirits would greatly antagonize people, he suggests that some assurance be obtained that no exportation of French alcohol known as “trois-six” will be permitted from St. Pierre-Miquelon.

Please discuss matter with appropriate authorities and endeavor to obtain assurances mentioned.

Telegraph reply for Treasury, including present status of matter.

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