The Ambassador in Brazil ( Caffery ) to the Secretary of State

No. 1756

Sir: Referring to my telegram No. 327 of September 14, 11 a.m.,1 regarding the offer of the German Government to sell German boats now in Brazilian ports, I have the honor to report that the Minister for Foreign Affairs remarked to me yesterday that if Brazil were not successful in obtaining the boats promised them by the Moore-McCormack Steamship Line, the Brazilian authorities would buy the German boats. I said, “what will the English and French say?” He replied, “Oh, we can arrange that: the British are being excessively polite to us these days.”

In that connection, the Director of Exchange of the Bank of Brazil observed this morning that conversations in that regard are going on with the German authorities.

Respectfully yours,

Jefferson Caffery
  1. Not printed.