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FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF DALLAS
F I S C A L A G E N T O F T H E U N IT E D S T A T E S

Dallas, Texas, March 19, 1942

IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELATING TO FREEZING CONTROL

To All Banking Institutions, and Others Concerned,
in the Eleventh Federal Reserve District:
For your information we quote below from a telegram received from the Treasury
Department:
“ Because the prompt and
Order is of vital importance to
importance that any suspected
the attention of the Treasury

complete enforcement of the provisions of the Freezing
the successful prosecution of the war, it is of the utmost
evasion or violation of the Freezing Order be brought to
Department as promptly as possible.

“ The Freezing Order prohibits, unless authorized by a general or specific license issued
by the Treasury Department, all transactions in which a national of any blocked country
or a person named on the ‘Proclaimed List’ has any interest whatsoever. Officials of banks,
securities houses, and other financial institutions throughout the country are in a strategic
position to discover any attempts to evade or avoid the provisions of the Freezing Order
and by reporting such discoveries to render invaluable assistance to the Foreign Funds
Control in its efforts adequately and efficiently to administer the Order.
“ The Treasury Department urgently requests all persons to transmit to the nearest
Federal Reserve bank, or Federal Reserve bank branch office, all significant details with
respect to any suspected evasion or violation of the Freezing Order. The Federal Reserve
banks are prepared to make arrangements for a Treasury representative to receive or to
visit any person having information to report in order to accept, in confidence, oral or writ­
ten statements relating to such matters.
“ Your attention is directed to the fact that in view of the recent amendment to Gen­
eral License No. 42 and the provisions of General License No. 68A, most individua-s now
within the United States who were blocked nationals are now licensed as generally licensed
nationals. Should facts be brought to your attention indicating that action should be taken
to block the accounts of generally licensed nationals, or of any United States citizen resid­
ing in the United States, you should promptly advise the Federal Reserve Bank of such
facts and keep close watch over such accounts pending receipt of instructions from the
Federal Reserve Bank. You should not block accounts of persons within the United States
who are citizens of the United States nor, in the ordinary case, of persons within the
United States who are generally licensed nationals, except pursuant to specific instructions
from the Treasury Department or the Federal Reserve Bank.
“ In those special cases in which information at your disposal indicates the necessity,
in order to further the objectives of the Freezing Order, of immediately blocking the
account of a person in the United States who is a generally licensed national without first
referring the matter to the Federal Reserve Bank, the following information should be
promptly reported to the Federal Reserve Bank:

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(1) The name and address of the person in question;
(2) The names of any business enterprises owned by him or with which he is
affiliated;
(3) The facts on the basis of which the account has been blocked, including all
significant details; and
(4) The names of any other banking institutions in which you know such person
has accounts.
“ It is important that this information be made available to the Federal Reserve Bank
at once in order that it may be in a position to take any other steps called for in such cases.
“ Your cooperation will be appreciated by your Government.”
Copies of General License No. 42, as amended, and General License No. 68A referred
to may be obtained from this bank upon request.

Yours very truly,
R. R. GILBERT

President


Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102