711.922/98: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Siam (Neville)

23. Your No. 30, October 26, noon.

Article 1, paragraph 1. Department accepts insertion of word “treaty” in first and third paragraphs of the Protocol.

Paragraph 1 (a), Protocol. Department proposes following addition after “due process of law”, “the results of which shall be accepted in the absence of a manifest denial of justice according to the standards of international law”.

Paragraph 8. Department prefers not to accept insertion of word “iron” since it feels bound by the terms of the minerals leasing act of 192025 which does not include this mineral. For your information only, insistence upon the change is bound to prolong the negotiations since the Department could not agree to stipulations which might [Page 870]affect the State laws of Wisconsin and Michigan without very extensive study of the domestic iron ore situation and all laws relating thereto.

Article 3, paragraph 6. Accepted.

It is suggested, however, that new paragraph 1 (b) of the protocol be revised to read as follows:

“It is understood that the most-favored-nation treatment in respect of the control of the means of international payment provided for in the seventh paragraph of Article 3 of this treaty shall be applied unconditionally, et cetera.”

Please insert comma after “countries”.

Article 4. Department proposes following revision of Siamese monopoly proposal:

In the event of the establishment of a monopoly for the importation, production or sale of a particular commodity by the Government, or by a private individual or organization under authority of the Government, my Government agrees that in respect of the foreign purchases of such monopoly the commerce of your country shall receive fair and equitable treatment. To this end, etc., [remainder unchanged].26

Article 8. Accepted.

Article 11. Accepted.

Department now preparing exchange of notes as to land titles.

In lieu of paragraphs 1 (a) and (b) and 2 (a) and (b) of Protocol please number them 4, 5, 6 and 7.

  1. Approved February 25, 1920; 41 Stat. 437.
  2. Brackets appear in the original.