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

Brazil,   pp. 193-218 PDF (8.6 MB)


Page 193

BRAZIL
CONCESSIONS TO THE CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAN TELEGRAPH
CO. FOR CABLES CONNECTING BRAZIL WITH CUBA AND URU-
GUAY; OPPOSITION BY THE WESTERN TELEGRAPH CO.'
832.73/169* Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil
(Morgan)
WASHINGTON, June 4, 1919, 6 p.m.
Department is informed by Central & South American Telegraph
Company that their present legal representative in Brazil is William
S. Buchanan vice Frank Carney. Please render Mr. Buchanan any
assistance in furtherance of his negotiations with Brazilian Govern-
ment which you deem necessary.                       POLK
832.73/170a: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil
(Moroan)
WASHINGTON, June 21, 1919, 4 p.m.
This Government is reliably informed that the Central and South
American Telegraph Company, a corporation controlled and di-
rected by prominent American citizens of good standing, has en-
countered and is still encountering serious obstacles in its earnest
efforts to secure, and put into effect, non-exclusive rights to connect
Brazil by cable with the Argentine Republic and Cuba, thereby
insuring to the Brazilian and American Governments, commerce
and public, more direct and competitive communications by cable.
The long legal struggle of the Central and South American Tele-
graph Company to enter Brazil terminated, this Government under-
stands, in 1917, with an eleven to one decision of the Brazilian
Supreme Court, confirming the contract concession granted in 1917
to the Central and South American Telegraph Company.2 Since
that time, however, as this Government is informed, opposition to
the carrying out of said contract pursuant to the terms of said
decision has been persistently shown by minor officials of the Brazil-
ian Government, particularly in the refusal of the Tribunal de
Contas to register said contract on the ground that the Central and
1 See Foreign Relations, 1918, pp. 45 if.
'Ibid., p. 52.
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