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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

Liberia,   pp. 785-857 PDF (27.0 MB)

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    The Charge in Poland (Johnson) to the Secretary of State
No. 1547                                WARSAW, March 10, 1937.
                                            [Received March 23.]
  SIR: With reference to my despatches No. 1357 of November 3,
and No. 1386 of December 3, 1936,46 I have the honor to report that
Mr. Wiktor Podoski, Chief of the Anglo-Saxon Division of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, telephoned to the Embassy this morning
to request that a letter of introduction to the American Minister in
Liberia be given to his brother Mr. Stanislaw Podoski who is pro-
ceeding at once to Liberia as a representative of the Liga Morska i
Kolonjalna.* I suggested that Mr. Podoski should call at the Em-
bassy and on the occasion of his visit I gave him a letter of introduc-
tion to Minister Walton, a copy of which I enclose.
  Mr. Podoski informed me that he is going to Liberia as a special
delegate of the Executive Committee of the Liga Morska i Kolonjalna
in order to see how the development of Polish plantations in that
country is proceeding. He will remain there some three months and
temporarily take the place of Mr. Paprzycki, a permanent repre-
sentative of the League who is returning to Poland for a vacation.
He stated that at the present time there are three groups of Polish
plantations in Liberia in charge of four Polish planters and that
it is not expected materially to increase the land now under cultivation.
It would be too costly to do so on a large scale.
  Mr. Podoski added that there is no hope of encouraging Polish
emigration to Liberia because his compatriots can not live perma-
nently under tropical conditions and officials, planters, and merchants
can live there only temporarily. He was emphatic on the question
of emigration and stated that the purpose of the present plantations
in Liberia was to facilitate the study of tropical products which are
imported into Poland.
  In reply to a question regarding the Colonial and Maritime League
Mr. Podoski said that this organization was of a non-political char-
acter and had no political aims; it was rather a propaganda organiza-
tion the object of which was to teach the value of the sea and over-seas
trade to Poles. It was desired to import what was required in Poland
in Polish ships and to buy these imports from Poles residing abroad.
Liberia exports goods to Poland and Poland needs men with special
training as regards the character and quality of these goods.
  He inferred that one desire of the League was to train Poles in
tropical planting in order to have men available wherever an oppor-
tunity should offer an occasion for their employment.
  ^ Neither printed.
  * Colonial and Maritime League. [Footnote In the original.]
  47 Not printed.

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