638.5131/109: Telegram

The Minister in Haiti ( Gordon ) to the Secretary of State

17. My March 19, 1 p.m. Spalding [Constantin] Mayard has cabled Foreign Office that coffee on the high seas on April 18 cannot enter France under old duties. Pixley is today cabling suggestion to de la Rue designed to bring about quick action in diverting Haitian coffee trade to the American industries with which I concur.

With regard to the last sentence of my telegram under reference it would be helpful if in the light of his conversations to date with potential American coffee buyers de la Rue will state categorically whether or not he thinks it advisable for the President at the present time to create by law a coffee syndicate.