102.73/2956: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile (Bowers)

1312. Your 1798, October 22. Suggestion by Bartlett of basis for possible negotiation of rubber agreement is regarded unfavorably. Proposal does not offer substantial net increases in rubber available for war effort. In fact larger amounts would be available from Guayule plantings in other areas where there would be no obligation to deliver synthetic in exchange. This Government in general would not favor a rubber agreement at this time unless there is a likelihood of securing thereby substantial amounts of rubber which would not otherwise be available.