The Chargé in Liberia ( Wharton ) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 26—8:34 a.m.]
44. From McBride. Referring again Department’s 20, February 15, 4 p.m.,9a credit to Liberia. President Barclay feels that Liberia should be allowed to use up to $150,000 of the credit to increase and equip Liberian frontier force so that they would have at least an effective border patrol of 2000 to 2500 men. Liberia has no other funds for this purpose. Under present circumstances I recommend that this request be granted in our interest as well as that of Liberia. Withdrawal and expenditure of this allotment could be under joint authorization of Liberian Secretary of Treasury and American Financial Adviser.
Remainder of credit to be used exclusively for road construction. How soon and under what arrangement can Liberia order $80,000 worth of cement and steel for bridges from this credit? [McBride.]
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