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

1111. McLaughlin of Rubber Development has had further conversation with Bouças70 regarding program of immigration to Amazon [Page 702] rubber region. It will be recalled that Rubber Development felt that the experiment had not been too successful and should be terminated but proposed to taper it off gradually feeling that this would be agreeable to Brazilian Government.

McLaughlin’s recent conversation with Bougas however indicates that the Brazilian Government itself has doubts as to the wisdom of moving more men from Ceara into the rubber region, and apparently would be agreeable to an arrangement ending the program now. McLaughlin recommends this and I agree.

  1. Valentim Bouças, President of the Commission for the Control of the Washington Agreements.