No. 24.
Mr. Hall to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

No. 101.]

Sir: * * * The President of Salvador, the minister for foreign affairs, and other prominent persons of the country, have expressed to me great interest in the proposed Nicaraguan Canal; its construction they consider of more vital importance to Salvador than to any other of the Central American states, not excepting Nicaragua; they hope the great work will be completed under the auspices of the United States, and it would be more satisfactory to them were the United States to own and control it. The legislature of Salvador will, no doubt, adopt some resolutions favoring the project, and it may also invite similar friendly manifestations on the part of the Central American states. There is little confidence in the success of the Panama project. * * *

I have, &c.,