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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. IX - Page 277« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of George S. De Mohrenschildt Resumed)

Mr. Jenner.
Mr. Jenner.
The first part of May 1963?
Mr. Jenner.
About 2 weeks?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes; New York, Philadelphia, Washington.
Mr. Jenner.
Visited your daughter?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Visited my daughter. And also was in Washington preparing for the eventuality of this project, checking with the people, Bureau of Mines, and so forth.
Mr. Jenner.
Is there a gentleman by the name of Tardieu whom you were attempting to interest?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. No, no; he is actually interested, and he is a Frenchman living in Haiti, who was instrumental to an extent in getting this contract.
Mr. Jenner.
I hand you a document which we will mark "De Mohrenschildt Exhibit No. 1."
(The document referred to was marked "De Mohrenschildt Exhibit No. 1" for identification.)
Mr. Jenner.
It appears to be a piece of promotional literature issued in connection with the Haiti venture.
Am I correct about that?
Mr. Jenner.
Did you send that to Mr. Raigorodsky?
Mr. Jenner.
Now, the upper portion is in French. Would you favor me by reading first that which is on the left, and then that which is on the right?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. That is a very long article. A magnificent success for the Commercial Bank of Haiti. The result of a trip----
Mr. Jenner.
That is a headline?
Mr. Jenner.
All right.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Shall I make a short resume of that?
Mr. Jenner.
I would prefer---can you translate that literally?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. "The recent trip to the United States of America by Mr. Clemard Joseph Charles, the active president and manager general of the bank, Commercial Bank of Haiti, has constituted a magnificent success for this banking establishment which is prospering right now.
"In reality, during one of the most amicable ceremonies, the assistant mayor of New York, Mr. James O'Brien, has given to Mr. Clemard Joseph Charles the keys of the city of New York in the name of Mayor Wagner, who was at that time in Europe.
"The dinners and lunches have been offered in honor of Mr. Clemard Charles, namely, by the American Express, Patent Resources, Inc., and the Hanover Trust Co. A short contact with Mr. Clemard Joseph Charles has permitted us to obtain certain information for the readers. The active president and director general of the Commercial Bank of Haiti has been able to conclude an important contract with one of the largest financial companies in New York which does business in the millions of dollars. This enterprise guaranteed by the Import-Expert Bank, the Chase Manhattan Bank, and the Bank of America, will make possible to the Haitian importers of American merchandise through the Commercial Bank of Haiti the credits of unlimited amounts for 6 months and longer periods.
"One other financial society which specialized in the real estate business which does business for some $150 million per year, will start through the intermediary of the Commercial Bank of Haiti a program of construction of houses whereby the credit will be given for 10 years.
"A system of insurance will cover the construction and a house will be given as a reward for the clients of the enterprise. Our country will be benefited with important advantages because of the interesting contracts taken by Mr. Clemard J. Charles, in New York. The president and the director general of the bank will take soon the plane for Canada and Mexico in order to follow on these important contracts which will be very favorable to our economy, and will permit
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