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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
  [For text of preliminary announcement of the contemplated trade
agreement negotiations with Canada, issued by the Department of
State November 19, 1937, see Department of State, Press Releases,
November 20, 1937, page 388.]
   DISCUSSIONS RESPECTING THE ST. LAWRENCE WATERWAY
                           PROJECT '&
711.42157SA29/1436
    The Minister in Canada (Armour) to the Secretary of State
No. 1104                                OTTAWA, January 5,1937.
                                           [Received January 8.]
  SIR: Referring to the Legation's despatch No. 1058 of December
7, 1936,8 dealing with discussions regarding the St. Lawrence Water-
way Treaty and Niagara Falls Convention, I have the honor to inform
the Department that I had occasion today to call on Dr. Skelton 9 and
took the opportunity to speak to him regarding the progress, if any,
made by the Canadian Government in connection with this question.
  I reminded Dr. Skelton that our Congress was convening today and
that, as he knew, this was one of the questions in which the President
was most interested. I said that we might be over optimistic, but it
was hoped very much to be able to have some form of treaty covering
the whole St. Lawrence waterway question in form to present to the
United States Congress during the present session. However, as Mr.
Walsh 10 and his associates had explained to Mr. King 11 and his col-
leagues, before doing this we naturally wished to know the Canadian
Government's views and, if possible, to work out a document in col-
laboration with them which could reasonably be hoped to meet with
the approval of the Canadians as well as our own Senate. Time was
passing, however,-a month had already elapsed since our talks with
Mr. King on December 4th last-and while we would not wish to have
him or Mr. King feel that we were pressing them I thought that he
might be willing to let me know just what progress was being made.
  Dr. Skelton assured me that he and Mr. King appreciated the situa-
tion and wished to collaborate in every way possible. He told me
that certain officials from Toronto were arriving in Ottawa on Thurs-
day, January 7th, for a private talk on this question with Mr. King.
Mr. King hoped that after this talk he would know a little better just
where they stood. In the meantime, Dr. Skelton would take the occa-
7a For previous correspondence, see Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. i, pp.
834 ff.
'Ibid., p. 845.
° Canadian Under Secretary of State for External Affairs.
  "Frank P. Walsh, Power Attorney of the State of New York.
  Prime Minister of Canada.
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