to Mr. Jacob.
Washington, April 12, 1886.
Sir: I transmit herewith copy of a letter addressed to me on the 30th ultimo by the president and secretary of the Star and Herald and La Estrella de Panama Company, a corporation organized under the statutes of the State of New York, touching the recent suspension of their journals by order of General Santo Domingo Vila, I also send you copy of an instruction on the subject addressed to Consul-General Adamson.[Page 169]
A copy of Mr. Adamson’s dispatch, No. 182, of 15th September last, which is referred to in the Department’s instruction to Mr. Adamson, is also inclosed for your information.
You will take an early occasion to speak to the secretary for foreign relations on the subject, representing to him the interest this Government necessarily feels in securing for its citizens and their property and lawful business ventures in Colombia all the protection due under the existing treaties, and especially in preventing their subjection to arbitrary and extra judicial penalties.
When you shall receive from Mr. Adamson the full text of the protest I have directed him to make, you will be in a position to judge what further representations may be necessary on your part to secure due respect for the obligations of the treaty in this particular.
I have, &c.,
- Inclosure, supra.↩