Two steps taken by the German government in the last week are leading observers in Washington to believe that pressure is being applied to force this country into a trade arrangement with the Reich. These are:
1. Germany served formal notice on the United States that she intends to terminate her most-favored-nation treaty with this country on October 14, 1935.
2. At the same time the Hitler government reminded the United States that “Germany is ready at any time to engage in negotiations concerning the future shaping of German-American commercial relations.”
3. The German Embassy here announced that its government had completed arrangements to pay approximately seventy-five per cent of the more than $2,000,000 interest due American holders of $60,000,000 in Dawes loan bonds tomorrow.
U. S. CREDITORS IN LURCH
At the same time the German Embassy made its announcement concerning interest payments on the Dawes loan, the State Department made public the fact that the German government is continuing its discrimination against American creditors. It was pointed in an official statement that “the German government had made arrangements for the full payment of the October 15 coupons on all branches other than American, while there is no advice of similar full provision for paying the American coupons.”
This persistent discrimination against American creditors looms as one of the biggest obstacles in the way of any form of trade arrangement between the United States and Germany. It is one point that has aroused the ire of Secretary of State Hull and other high government officials.