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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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  Legislature will change article IV section C to provide a 25 per cent
royalty on selling price of ore rather than fixed royalty. Informa-
tion is sought as to the normal selling price when armament races are
not in progress.
  The legislature will change article IV section E limiting employ-
ment to 150 white employees.
  Upon my suggestion, Judge Fisher now here will be asked to
cooperate to insure accomplishment of purposes desired in article IV
section I. Please advise if section I of article IV were amended by the
addition "nor shall any of the shares of Neep, or any interest therein,
without such consent, be transferred to or held by other than Nether-
lands nationals" would this infringe rights under existing treaties
of nationals of other treaty powers not so authorized to hold shares?
  Selection of Cape Mount instead of Monrovia as site for proposed
harbor basin is a moot question, on which I have hesitated to raise with
the President until now, although I have freely expressed my view to
Secretary Simpson 55 and Secretary Dennis, also to Messrs. Sabeno
and Caffe, both of whom favor Monrovia. The President agreed with
my contention that a Government-property basin would not be desir-
able in front of the Legation site. However, he thinks Monrovia offers
more advantages in the development of export trade because of its
geographical location and it is a focal point of roads tapping the
interior. When asked if a new Legation site would be agreeable I
replied in the negative, stating architect's plans have been largely
influenced by topography and if new blueprints had to be made there
was no telling when Legation would be ready for occupancy. I
referred to my reluctancy to live in present quarters much longer.
  My belief is that with strong objections registered by the three coun-
tries directly concerned, United States, Great Britain and France,
a final decision could be reached to build harbor at Cape Mount.
882.635 Neep/9: Telegram
    The Secretary of State to the Minister in Liberia (Walton)
                            WASHINGTON, October 23, 1937-3 p. m.
  25. Personal for the Minister from McBride. Your 47, October
18, 10 a. m.
  1. In years 1929 to 1936 base selling price of iron ore at Lake Erie
docks ranged between $4.50 and $4.80 per gross ton depending upon
grades. No accurate information available regarding selling prices
of iron ore in foreign countries.
6 Clarence L. Simpson, Liberian Secretary of State.
56Maxwell Saben, administrative specialist employed by the Liberian Govern-

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