862.852/18: Telegram

The Chargé in Mexico (Boal) to the Secretary of State

296. My 293, October 3, 5 p.m. The French Chargé has just informed me that he is going to communicate further with his Government before carrying out the instructions mentioned in my 293. His motives are (1) that he believes that opposition to the transfer to the Mexican flag of the two German tankers in Mexican ports would be taken amiss by the Mexican Government and (2) that it may not be to the interest of the French and British to endeavor to prevent a transfer of the other German ships in Mexican ports to American interests. He had learned that the possibility of transfer of some of these ships to Americans was mentioned in a conversation between the Ambassador and President Cardenas.