365D.1163/86: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Italy (Phillips)

113. Embassy’s 294 June 23, 11 a.m. According to information compiled in April 1936 by Consulate Addis Ababa, the estimated investments of American missionary societies in Ethiopia were as follows:

United Presbyterians, 3 stations, $200,000; Seventh Day Adventists, 6 stations, $300,000; Sudan Interior Mission, 10 stations, $250,000; 2 independent schools in Addis Ababa with small estimated investments.

Sudan Interior Mission has not clearly established its legal status as an American enterprise, although its directing personnel is apparently American.

[Page 712]

Consul Hughes reported in despatch of March 22, 1937, that missionaries stated they had received no offer of payment for rent or purchase of properties already occupied by Italians.