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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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  Dr. Fuszek pessimistically observed that Dutch and English capital-
ists were promoting Neep. He predicted that if the English invest-
ment was large Neep's operations around Cape Mount so near to Sierra
Leone would eventually result in England taking possession of Liberia.
Germany had no such designs he assured me.
  I replied it was the first time I had heard that English capitalists
were stockholders and that my Government's only interest in the
matter was to see that Liberia developed its natural resources and
reaped deserved remuneration.
  Further reference by Dr. Fuszek to the desirability of German
capital failed to elicit one word of comment from me. Casually stated
he understood there was some little opposition to German participa-
tion. Dr. Fuszek left the Legation at noon. Obviously he was not
paying altogether a social call. On the few previous occasions he has
visited me he remained less than 10 minutes.
  Shortly before going on leave his American made car was demolished
in an accident. He informed me he had been induced in Germany to
buy a specially built Mercedes now being shipped.
882.635 Neep/l: Telegram
    The Secretary of State to, the Mini8ter in Liberia (Walton)
                            WASHINGTON, October 26, 1937-6 p. m..
  26. Personal for the Minister from McBride. Your 49, October
24,3 p.m.
  1. As you know, we have always felt that it was in the best inter-
est of Liberia to develop its natural resources through the introduc-
tion of foreign capital, and that it would be preferable not to con-
fine such capital to any one nationality. Accordingly, contracts
along the general lines of the Neep concession might appear to be
advantageous to Liberia.
  2. I understand, however, that the Liberian authorities consider
that it would be definitely undesirable to permit the control of foreign
enterprises in the country to fall into the hands of interests which
might prove unfriendly or definitely dangerous to Liberian sover-
eignty. The information contained in your telegram might there-
fore indicate the importance of proceeding cautiously with respect
to such matters as those discussed in paragraphs numbered 2 and
3 of my telegram of October 23.
  3. In the event your personal opinion is sought you may consider
it appropriate, while furnishing to President Barclay such of the
information contained in your telegram as may appear desirable to
you, to reply along the lines of the foregoing which represents my
personal views.

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