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The Consul General at São Paulo ( Cross ) to the Secretary of State

147. Dependable sources of coffee information believe that if the OPA made a definite statement that coffee prices would not be increased as long as the war lasted in Europe or in Asia Brazilian prices would return within the United States ceilings and that ample coffee would be forthcoming to supply United States needs. Increase in price would help only large growers, middlemen and speculators and encourage greatly increased plantings of coffee.