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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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12 pouch -full report on the situation, which, while disturbing is not
now viewed with alarm. Within last 3 months a half dozen visitors
of said nationality have arrived ostensibly to paint birds, collect
shark liver, hunt big game or on some other pretext to get into the
hinterland. Government has just turned down request to permit
establishment of bacteriology observatory in the interior. The visi-
tor, believed to be a secret agent who brought forward this proposi-
tion, is guest of individual referred to in my telegram No. 49, October
24, 3 p.m. Soon after his arrival he was visited for over an hour by
his foreign representative here. The Government has granted suspect
permission only to visit Firestone plantations and Lutheran Mission.
I am asked to assure you that forestry and all such proposals will
receive unfavorable consideration.
  President thinks amendment, which provides that 60%o of the
Neep stock shall always be in control of nationals of the Netherlands
or Liberians is adequate to safeguard Liberian interests.
882.635 Neep/22: Telegram
    The Minister in Liberia (Walton) to the Secretary of State
                              Mo1MovIA, December 3, 1937-11 a. m.
                                [Received December 3-9: 21 a. m.]
  66. Neep Agreement ratified by the Legislature. President em-
powered to settle controversial points at issue, such as sliding scale
of from 4 to 6 cents royalty and additional royalty on all other min-
erals mined apart from iron.
882.635 Neep/23: Telegram
   The Secretary of State to the Minister in Liberia (Walton)
                            WASHINGTON, December 3, 1937-7 p. m.
  35. Personal for the Minister from McBride: My 33, November 27,
5 p. m. and your 65, November 30, 4 p. m.
  After some difficulty I have been able to obtain in strict confidence
from our representatives at The Hague the following definite infor-
mation regarding Neep: 59
  "Careful inquiry indicates that Neep cannot itself finance Liberian
project and that Netherlands capital cannot be induced to participate
in exploiting so contrary to financial practice in this country particu-
larly as no present interests exist here for mining properties. Muller
ba The following quotation was taken from telegram No. 107, December 1, 3
p. m., from the Minister in the Netherlands (882.635 Neep/21).

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