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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)

Liberia,   pp. 785-857 PDF (27.0 MB)


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  In conclusion Mr. Wankowicz said that he was reminded of the story
of a Pole who fell in with a clairvoyant while on a business trip and
who was persuaded by the latter to listen to a reading. When the
reading was concluded the business man paid much more than the fee
demanded by the clairvoyant, explaining that the latter had given him
a most excellent idea which otherwise never would have entered his
mind. "So it is with the idea attributed to Poland by the Pittsburgh
newspaper," said Mr. Wankowicz with a smile. "I think it an excel-
lent idea but we ourselves never even thought of it, much less discussed
or advanced it."
                                               ORSEN N. NIELSEN
CONCERN OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE REGARDING POSSIBILITY
OF GERMAN FINANCIAL INTEREST IN PROPOSED DUTCH MINERAL
CONCESSION (NEEP) IN LIBERIA
882.6351/1: Telegram
    The Minister in Liberia (Walton) to the Secretary of State
                             MoNRoVI, December 24,1936-8 a. m.
                                            [Received 8: 40 a. mi.]
  47. For McBride.5" Japanese Government and a Dutch syndicate
are negotiating with Liberian Government concessions to develop
Republic's rich iron deposits. Proposals contemplate building rail-
roads and harbors.
  Manager of Dutch diamond syndicate which is operating here re-
turned last week from Europe; he has opened negotiations on behalf
of his nationals. A representative clothed with power to make defi-
nite and specific commitments is expected to arrive on the next Dutch
vessel January 15.
  In his absence Barclay has delegated Secretary of the Treasury
Dennis to engage in preliminary discussions. Practicability of
Liberian Government granting concessions to both applicants, allo-
cating mineral land in different sections of the country, is under
consideration.
                                                        WALTON
882.6351/1: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Liberia (Walton)
                          WASHINGTON, December 31, 1936-noon.
 33. Legation's 47, December 24, 8 a. m. We appreciate very much
 your informing us of the desire of certain interests to obtain conces-
 ' Harry A. McBride, Assistant to the Secretary of State.
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LIBERIA


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