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The Minister in Liberia (Walton) to the Secretary of State

149. President Barclay informed me today he favored modification of new labor law with respect to agricultural workers and intimated that changes would be made at next session of legislature.

He stated that any such legislative action would be designed to work to the advantage of both Firestone and the Liberian planters. However, he does not believe similar steps should be taken regarding factory workers.

Changes in labor law proposed by Firestone are being studied by Attorney General.