The Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Tangier (Blake) to the Secretary of State

No. 1480

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my despatch No. 1477 of August 4, 1939 on the subject of the American claims in the French Zone, reporting conversations between Consul General Goold at Casablanca and Mr. Broustra, Chief of the Diplomatic Cabinet at Rabat, and enclosing a copy of my instructions to Mr. Goold regarding the reply to be made. This reply seems to have penetrated the consciousness of the French authorities, as is evidenced by attached copy of a letter, dated August 12, 1939, received from Mr. Goold this morning.

Respectfully yours,

Maxwell Blake

The Consul General at Casablanca (Goold) to the Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Tangier (Blake)

Sir: I talked over the telephone this morning with M. Broustra and gave him the message contained in your letter of August 3. He told [Page 682] me that the reason why no proposal was ready in the El Yacoubi case was because of its difficulty. The case was still under study by the various departments of the Protectorate, and when they had concluded, a proposal would be drawn up.

As to the connection of claims settlements with the negotiations at Washington, he was writing to Paris asking for information as to what had occurred at Washington in June and for definite instructions as to whether to proceed with the claims settlements independently of the treaty negotiations.

Respectfully yours,

Herbert S. Goold