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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

Argentina,   pp. 172-183 PDF (3.8 MB)


Page 172

ARGENTINA
CONCESSION TO THE CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAN TELEGRAPH
CO. FOR A CABLE CONNECTING BUENOS AIRES AND MON-
TEVIDEO; PROTESTS BY THE WESTERN TELEGRAPH CO.;
AUTHORIZATION TO OPEN SERVICE, DECEMBER 18, 19191
835.73/85: Telegram
The Ambassador in Argentina (Stimson) to the Acting Secretary
of State
BUENos AIREs, December 10, 1918, 4 p.m.
[Received 9.18 p.m.]
Strictly confidential. My October 28, 1 p.m.2 The Embassy has
just learned from an authoritative source that the British Legation
here by instruction of the British Government addressed on Novem-
ber 27 last a memorandum to the Foreign Office attacking the presi-
dential decree of August 1 last granting the concession for the
Central and South American Telegraph Company to lay one or more
cables between Argentine and Montevideo and requesting the im-
mediate annulment of said decree.
It is doubtful whether the Argentine Government will take any
action whatever in the matter. The concession in question, as the
Department has been informed, was signed by the President only
after he had gone over the matter personally and after he had
received the opinions of both Attorneys General of the Republic
that such a concession would not infringe upon the rights granted
in the concession to the Western Telegraph Company referred to
in the British Legations memorandum.
It would seem, however, that it might be well, if the Department
felt it possible, to, bring the attention of the British Government
to the manner in which the British authorities are attempting to
interfere with the legitimate expansion of this important American
company which has been granted this concession only after the favor-
able opinion [s] of both of the highest legal authorities of the Gov-
ernment have been obtained.
STIMSON
See Foreign Relations, 1918, pp. 35 ff.
2Ibid., p. 44.
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