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Special Schools:

Alexandria Commercial

Experimental Village School, Edmu

Bible Women's Training School, Tanta

Schutz School for Missionary Children, Alexandria (now temporarily at Assiut)

6. The following school is affiliated with the Apostolic Church of God in Egypt (Assemblies of God):

American Primary School for Girls, 192 Sharia El Teraa El
Bulakia, Cairo.

7. The following school is maintained by the Peniel American Mission:

Primary School for Girls, Sharia Kitchener, Port Said.

8. The following three schools are maintained by the Pentecost Faith Mission:

Kom Budar

B. MEDICAL (Total 3)

The following three medical institutions are maintained by the American Mission in Egypt:

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1. The following five charitable institutions are maintained by the American Mission in Egypt:

Fowler Orphanage for Girls, Abbassia, Cairo

Community Center, Benha
Community Center, Beni Suef
Community Center, Mansura
Community Center, Tanta

2. The following charitable institution is affiliated with the Apostolic Church of God in Egypt (Assemblies of God):

Assiut Orphanage, Assiut

3. The International Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations of the United States and Canada (Corporate name: International Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations), 60 Sharia Ibrahim Pasha, Cairo.

Note: The listing of the International Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations of the United States and Canada relates only to the American Interest in the organization.

4. Pentecost Faith Mission Orphanage, Bulkeley, Ramleh, Alexandria.

D. RELIGIOUS (Total 9)

1. The American Mission in Egypt, Ezbekia, Cairo.

2. Pentecost Faith Mission, Bulkeley, Ramleh, Alexandria.

3. Apostolic Church of God in Egypt (affiliated with "The Assemblies of God" in America, Headquarters at Springfield, Missouri), Villa Almaz, Assiut.

4. Egyptian Mission of the Arabic Union Mission of Seventh-Day Adventists, 16 Avenue de Koubbeh, Heliopolis.

5. The American Church, Ezbekia, Cairo.

6. Church of God Mission, 1 Naucratis Street, Camp de Cesar, Alexandria.

7. American Bible Society, Bible Lands Agency South, 62 Sharia Ibrahim Pasha, Cairo.

Note: This organization is jointly administered by the American Bible Society and the British & Foreign Bible Society and the listing relates only to the American joint interest in the organization.

8. American Mission Cemetery, Old Cairo.

9. Peniel American Mission, Sharia Kitchener, Port Said.


883.5151/39: Telegram

The Minister in Egypt (Kirk) to the Secretary of State

CAIRO, September 8, 1941-8 p. m. [Received September 9-2: 20 p. m.]

1306. Tonight's Bourse Egyptienne carries a military proclamation signed by the Prime Minister reading in translation as follows:

(Begin translation): We Hussein Sirry Pasha in view of the Decree of September 1, 1931 [1939], declaring a State of Siege on all Egyptian territory and by virtue of the powers conferred upon us by the Decree of November 16, 1940, order the following:

Article 1. Whoever possess or holds dollars in Egypt or abroad in any form whatsoever, whether they be in currency or other forms of payment, or whether in some form of credit, or whoever possesses or holds stocks or other negotiable securities in United States dollars must declare them within a certain period and under such conditions as shall be established by a regulation of the Ministry of Finance.

The Declaration in question may be required by a regulation of the Ministry of Finance in respect of the funds previously defined which were possessed or held in any form whatsoever at dates to be fixed by the regulation on the condition, however, that they refer to no period prior to September 1, 1931 [1939]; in the latter case, the declarant must indicate every transaction effected subsequent to the periods in question.

Article 2. The funds mentioned in the preceding Article shall not be the subject of any transfer or operation without previous authorization from the Minister of Finance.

Article 3. The Ministry of Finance may by regulation extend the measures provided for in the preceding articles to funds in other foreign currencies.

Article 4. Without prejudice to the application of more severe penalties provided for in the penal code the revealing of information on the part of officials or any other person charged with the responsibility of performing work connected with the Declarations provided for by the foregoing articles shall be punished by imprisonment not exceed [ing] 6 months or a fine not exceeding pounds Egyptian 20 or both.

Article 5. The failure to make a declaration during the prescribed time or the making of false declaration shall be punished by a fine not exceeding pounds Egyptian 20.

If the violation has been knowingly committed with the view to concealing funds that have been declared, the penalty shall be im

prisonment for not more than 3 months or a fine of not more than pounds Egyptian 200 or both. Signed, Hussein Sirry. Cairo, September 7, 1941. (End translation.)

The Official Journal containing the foregoing is not yet available. The matter is being investigated.


883.5151/40: Telegram

The Minister in Egypt (Kirk) to the Secretary of State

CAIRO, September 9, 1941-11 a. m. [Received September 10-6:01 a. m.]

1311. My 1306, September 8, 8 p. m. According to a British Embassy source, the proclamation under reference is the result of informal representations recently made by the British Embassy in conformity with instructions from London with the immediate view to having the Egyptian Government ascertain the exact amount of dollar funds held abroad by persons residing in Egypt. This source states that at the time the representations were made, it was suggested that an endeavor should be made also to ascertain the amount of all non-sterling holdings abroad but that the proclamation was prepared and issued without further consultation with the Embassy and before it was expected.

The same source has stated that the ultimate aim of the proclamation possibly is to oblige persons here holding dollar funds abroad to exchange them for Egyptian or possibly British securities and that such action is necessitated owing to the fact that the greatly increased demand for dollars in Egypt for the purchase of American goods is causing a considerable drain upon the British exchequer especially since Egypt now sells practically no goods to the United States. He states further that although the Bank of England is endeavoring in various ways to curtail dollar expenditures in Egypt and although the British desire that the Egyptian Government establish an import licensing system, they are somewhat reluctant for political reasons to insist thereon lest they should be further criticized for interfering in internal affairs in Egypt. Nevertheless, he added, such a system may prove necessary in the near future, particularly in view of the large dollar expenditures now in Egypt for the purchase in the United States of nonessential goods such as beer, toilet articles, and certain clothing as silk stockings which can be sold at highly speculative prices and accordingly have greatly increased the pressure for dollar credits on the part of local merchants.

In discussing this matter with the British Embassy it was pointed out that the fact that the proclamation singles United States dollars

out alone for declaration gives it the appearance at least of a discriminatory measure.


883.5151/41: Telegram

The Minister in Egypt (Kirk) to the Secretary of State

CAIRO, September 10, 1941-11 a. m. [Received September 12—6 a. m.]

1318. My 1311, September 9, 11 a. m. Although the proclamation under reference has aroused considerable speculation in Cairo particularly among business circles as to the ultimate aim of the Government in endeavoring to ascertain the extent of dollar holdings here and abroad it is being generally interpreted in commercial and banking circles as the first step toward obliging at least Egyptian and British nationals if not all holders resident in Egypt to exchange their United States securities for Egyptian or British securities. Several prominent American businessmen have interpreted the proclamation in this light and have expressed the view that if such a drastic measure were applied to them they would prefer to liquidate their affairs here rather than comply therewith.

Since the proclamation has been instigated by London and is presumably in line with general British policy for safeguarding British exchange control concerning the nature of which this Legation possesses information of only a general nature but in respect of which the Department is doubtless fully informed and may have had the occasion to form a policy, the Legation feels that it should refrain from taking a definite position in the matter unless so instructed by the Department. Any directives therefor which the Department may care to furnish in the premises would be appreciated.


883.5151/39: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Egypt (Kirk)

WASHINGTON, September 12, 1941-7 p. m. 459. Your 1306, September 8, 8 p. m., 1311, September 9, 11 a. m., and 1318, September 10, 11 a. m. You are requested to discuss the text of the proclamation informally with the appropriate Egyptian authorities, pointing out that in cases where similar regulations have been enacted in other foreign countries American nationals have been relieved, under certain stipulated conditions, from the obligation of declaring or offering for sale to the pertinent authorities their securities and foreign currency holdings, and that it is the earnest hope of

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