882.635 Neep/36: Telegram

The Chargé in Liberia (Wharton) to the Secretary of State

6. Personal for McBride. Please refer to my telegram No. 3, January 6, noon. President Barclay states that Liberian Minister at [Page 774]Paris reports that Mr. Van Nierop, director of Amsterdamsche Bank, has informed him that (1) bank not interested in becoming trustee of stock if Neep to control; (2) bank is awaiting report from Neep technical mission in Liberia and expects report within next few weeks; (3) if technical details in the report are satisfactory the bank would thereafter begin at once formation of financial syndicate in which bank would take and keep control and thereby insure neutral Dutch character of capital; (4) his firm would desire to work in close collaboration with Liberian Government for establishment of the enterprise and to that end would not consider Neep their liaison agent for preliminary investigation as sufficient contact, suggesting contact through Liberian Minister at Paris.