The Secretary of State to the Minister in Bolivia (Jenkins)
28. Your No. 56, July 10, 6 p.m.13 When you next see the Foreign Minister you may refer to the conversation reported in your telegram under acknowledgment and explain that this Government, desirous of being of as much help to Bolivia as the circumstances permitted, has been actively working on the complicated problems involved in establishing the smelting of Bolivian tin in the United States. Very definite progress has been made and it is now believed that it will be merely a matter of a few days or weeks until an announcement can be made that the industry definitely will be established. You may state that interested American smelting companies were informed on July 11th that this Government will extend whatever assistance is necessary to make possible the prompt establishment in the United States of smelters capable of handling large amounts of Bolivian ore. The companies are now preparing specific proposals to submit within the next few days.