811.20 Defense (M)/474/22: Telegram

The Consul at Hanoi (Reed) to the Secretary of State

My telegram dated June 27, 7 p.m. The Chief of the Bureau of Mines has just informed me that last evening just prior to signing a letter confirming the information contained in my telegram to the Department referred to above the Governor General received a telegram from the French Government at Bordeaux instructing him to take no steps in regard to wolfram prior to the receipt of further instructions. Antimony is still released for shipment to Singapore but the telegram to Hong Kong requesting approval of shipment to the United States has not been sent.

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Governor General flew to Saigon early this morning and will return tomorrow. The Department’s instructions are requested whether I should represent that the title to ore has passed to the American Government.