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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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  4. I am endeavoring to obtain further information regarding na-
tionality of Neep interests and extent of their resources. [McBride.]
882.00 General Conditions/5
    The Minister in Liberia (Walton) to the Secretary of State
No. 138                              MONROVIA, October 27, 1937.
                                         [Received November 17.]
  SIR: I have the honor to enclose herewith a report on general con-
ditions in Liberia during the past month.
  Respectfully yours,                         LESTER A. WALTON
    Report on General Conditions in Liberia During September
.1. Germany Offers to Exploit Liberia's Forest Reserves
  The Liberian Government has received an unofficial proposal from
the German Government in which the latter offers to cooperate in the
exploitation of Liberia's valuable timber lands by sending from the
German Forestry Division an expert to assume full supervision of
this phase of governmental activity.
  The German Government is willing to pay the salary of the Forestry
expert if the Liberian Government will provide him with quarters and
food and a force of 30 laborers.
  During the month of July, Mr. Kurt Woermann, one of the pro-
prietors of A. Woermann and Company, visited Liberia. While in
Monrovia, he called on President Barclay and discussed the possibility
of his firm making large purchases of Liberian products, particularly
palm kernels. In the course of the conversation the timeliness of
exploiting Liberian timber was mentioned. Mr. Woermann gave the
impression that his company would gladly explore the commercial
possibilities of a foreign market for Liberian woods.
  President Barclay was, therefore, greatly surprised to receive a
letter from Mr. Woermann under date of August 26, in which the
writer stated he had taken up the matter with the German Government
which was prepared to send to Liberia one of its experts from the
German Forestry Division. Mr. Woermann further stated that
Germany would be pleased to cooperate with Liberia on all economic
matters in a spirit of amity, and suggested that President Barclay
confer with the German Consul General at Monrovia relative to the
forestry proposal.

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