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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

France,   pp. 275-318 PDF (16.0 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
NEGOTIATIONS WITH FRANCE FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF LIQUOR
SMUGGLING INTO THE UNITED STATES FROM ST. PIERRE-
MIQUELON:*
811.114 St. Pierre-Miquelon/443: Telegram
   The Secretary of State to the Amba&sador in Frame (Bullitt)
                            WASHINGTON, January 25, 1937-7 p. m.
  37. Your No. 1275, December 18, 3 p. m.30 Treasury Department
believes it would be mutually helpful if it could receive an outline
of proposed decree to replace one now in effect at St. Pierre-Miquelon
before it is finally adopted. Please endeavor to obtain and telegraph
desired information if you can properly do so.
                                                            HULL
811.114 St. Pierre-Miquelon/454: Telegram
   The Ambaseador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State
                                   PARIS, January 30,1937-2 p. m.
                                            [Received 3: 45 p. m.]
  132. Department's 37, January 25, 7 p. m. Foreign Office has now
-received a reply from the Ministry of Colonies wherein the latter
insists upon the promulgation of two decrees, one approving the reso-
lution of the Administrative Council of the Islands of September 29,
1936, prohibiting the importation of foreign spirits, and one abro-
gating decree of April 9, 1935,31 except as concerns foreign alcohol
now there in storage (see enclosures to Department's mail in-struc-
tion No. 18, October 28, 1936 82).
  The Ministry of Colonies gives assurances, however, that a close
watch will be kept on imports of alcohol into the islands and that if it
-appears that importations are exceeding the normal requirements of
-the islands adequate measures will be taken to restrict them to normal
requirements. The Ministry of Colonies also gives assurances that
it will not permit the establishment of distilleries.
  Foreign Office has promised to endeavor to have the term "foreign"
omitted from the second decree and to have prohibition of the es-
tablishment of distilleries included in the decree. It says that "alcool
de traite" is common alcohol without trade name. It has promised
  '9For previous correspondence, see Foreign Relations, 1936, voL I, pp.
428 ff.
  " Ibid., p. 436.
  '1 See note of March 15, 1935, from the French Embassy and telegram No.
344,
April 17, 1935, noon, from the Ambassador in France, ibid., 1935, vol. I,
pp. 412
jand 414, respectively.
  'u Not printed.
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