Executive Order 2958
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Cancelling Sale of "Helios" Cigar Factory, Part of Germann & Company, Inc., Made to Walter E. Olsen and Company, by the Alien Property Custodian's Representative, Pursuant to the "Trading with the Enemy Act" and Amendments Thereof
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|See Executive Order 2832, April 2, 1918.|
By virtue of the authority vested in me by "An Act to define, regulate and punish trading with the enemy, and for other purposes", approved October 6, 1917, known as the "Trading with the enemy Act", and the amendments thereto embodied in "An Act making appropriations to supply urgent deficiencies in appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1918, and prior fiscal years, on account of war expenses, and for other purposes", approved March 28th, 1918, and all other powers and authorities me hereto enabling, I hereby, in the public interest, make the following determination and order:
Whereas, A. Mitchell Palmer, Alien Property Custodian, has reported to me that a certain property known as the "Helios" Cigar Factory, part of Germann & Company, Inc., was offered for sale at Manila, in the Philippines, by Francis Burton Harrison, the Custodian's representative in the Philippines, on May 1st, 1918, and the said property was bid in by Walter E. Olsen & Company, on May 7th, 1918, and that the said sale was not advertised or conducted in accordance with rules and regulations prescribed by me, as required by the said "Trading with the enemy Act", as amended, nor in accordance with the instructions and policies of A. Mitchell Palmer, Alien Property Custodian, and that he has therefore disapproved the said sale;
Now, therefore, I hereby declare the said sale to be void and of no effect, and I hereby authorize and direct the Alien Property Custodian to reject all bids received at the said sale, including the bid of the said Walter E. Olsen & Company.
My reasons for the foregoing determination and order are:
- (1) The short notice given of the sale, and inadequate opportunity for purchasers to inform and prepare themselves to bid.
- (2) The exclusion of the public from the sale, which deprived it of the public character required by the aforesaid Act of Congress as amended.
- (3) The advertised conditions of the sale excluded American corporations who are legally entitled to bid, and contained several objectionable details.
- (4) The sale was not made under the rules and regulations prescribed by me and as required by said Act as amended, and not in accordance with the instructions and policies of the Alien Property Custodian.
The White House,
- 13 September, 1918.
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