882.20/573: Telegram

The Chargé in Liberia (Hibbard) to the Secretary of State

177. My telegram number 172, June 2, 2 p.m. The Secretary of State informed me yesterday that on the request of the German Consul [Page 423] the German citizens who are to leave Liberia have been given another week in which to settle their affairs. He stated that next week a Vichy plane would make four trips here and that by June 13, all will have left except the Consul. I urged upon him the necessity of having the Consul leave at once but he is hesitant to force the issue as he fears this will mean forceful reprisals. I told him that I was sure we should be well able to take care of such a contingency by the end of next week. I have not yet seen the President but expect to do so early next week when I shall press the matter further.