852.48/1434: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain (Hayes)

494. Your 469 February 28, 9:00 p.m. We understand from Murphy and Hoehler, Lehman representative in North Africa, that French authorities there state they have sent 25 million francs to you and are considering possibility of assuming further responsibility for supplying food stuffs. If this information correct we assume that this will meet problem of French nationals for considerable period.

With regard to remaining problem of smaller number of refugees of declared American nationality, we request that you submit to us by March 15 your estimate as to amount of additional funds you desire and further details on numbers involved and arrangements proposed there for care. There is no assurance that additional funds can be procured here but if we have your request and substantiation by March 15 will explore possibilities.

Welles