882.635 Neep/66: Telegram

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

18. Your 27, April 21, 7 a.m. Department has been informally advised that experts who have examined preliminary geological report of March 6, 193520 consider that document without value for practical purposes. You may in your discretion point out to President Barclay that if intelligently selected samples of the Gneiss formation at Bomi Hills could be made available for study, some idea might be obtained of the quality of the iron ore reported to occur in that area. For this purpose samples weighing from 5 to 10 pounds each of the itabyrite, hematite and laterite deposits would be required.

It is believed, however, that the foregoing suggestion as to samples should not displace the President’s consideration of the possibility of employing an impartial expert as reported in your 27, April 21, 7 a.m.

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