Washington (Aug. 31)
The Hitler government’s policy of attempting to force trade concessions from other countries by holding up payments on private debts owed to people in the United States is arousing the ire of officials here, it was said today.
Secretary of State Cordell Hull is clearly dissatisfied with the most recent German note representing that Germany cannot meet her obligations. This note was sent in reply to one previously sent by Secretary Hull.
While the reply was not made public by the State Department, it is generally believed to be so unsatisfactory that an accord on the German debt problem is not anticipated for a while.
In the meantime Germany has been angling for a trade agreement with the United States under reciprocal provisions passed by the last Congress. In view of Germany’s attitude toward private debts owed to people in the United States an indefinite postponement of negotiations is anticipated.