832.796/958: Telegram

The Ambassador in Brazil (Caffery) to the Secretary of State

2720. My despatch 7506, June 2. I am sending by air mail tomorrow morning a copy of a letter which I have received from Aranha in which he incloses a copy of the opinion of the legal adviser of his Ministry15 which he contends satisfactorily answers the questions raised in my letter of June 1.16

He told me that the delay in reaching the solution of Condor’s status is irritating President Vargas; causing him, Aranha, a variety of difficulties; and impelling General Eduardo Gomes to reprisals. He pleads that something be done to settle the matter.

Aranha asserts that Central Powers already complied with most of our Condor demands; that they have dismissed 200 employees, et cetera, et cetera; that Condor is losing money every day. He says: “Send us some one who can go into Condor and tell them what to do: They [Page 782] will do everything he wants: Holck will be removed as soon as you can give us some one who can really [apparent omission] company.”

I said: “What about changing the name?” He said: “That can be done too.”

  1. Sebastião do Rego Barros; copies of the letter and enclosure transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in his despatch No. 8033, July 25, 1942, not printed.
  2. Ante, p. 779.