Mr. Braida to Mr. Uhl.
San Juan del Norte, March 17, 1894. (Received March 26.)
Sir: I beg to report that on the morning of the 13th instant I arrived in Bluefields on board of the steamship Yulu, in compliance with the request of Mr. Seat, United States consular agent at that place, and [Page 253]also in compliance with the urgent appeals made to me by American citizens, several of whom had gone to Greytown as a delegation to bring me back with them to this place.
Mr. F. H. Bingham, the British consul at Greytown, returned with me. On arrival in Bluefields we found the place occupied by the British marines and soldiers as had been previously represented, and good order maintained by them as a police authority. Every day since my arrival I have met Mr. Bingham and General Lacayo, or his representative, in conference concerning the creation of a provisional government for the Mosquito Reservation, and propositions and counter propositions have been made, but none could be agreed on by all the parties up to the present date on account of the wide range of power sought to be obtained by the Nicaraguan representatives. They ask to make Lacayo virtually the governor of the reservation, with very large discretionary powers, while the American elements insist that there should be no interference by any other than the people, who should be left free to create their own local régime. The matter o Corn Island was also taken up and a petition of the citizens of that island considered. It asked protection from the British. A British man-of-war was at Corn Island recently.
I had anticipated this in a telegram to Minister Baker at Managua some ten days ago.
The American element do not consider themselves as being the parties to settle the questions now in issue here, but both the Nicaraguans and the British seem especially anxious that the Americans shall take a prominent part in the arrangements made, and do not seem inclined to agree upon measures and settle matters themselves, but to be determined to shoulder a great part of the responsibility upon the Americans.
The Americans residing here realize the necessity of getting clear of the incompetent negro domination, but they are afraid of Nicaraguan cupidity and tyranny.
Something may be effected within the next few days, as all parties are growing anxious under the present situation. I beg to include Mr. Seat’s last dispatches explaining the situation, which is still unchanged.
I beg to say further that the Americans in a meeting held at the clubroom on the evening of the 13th instant appointed Sam Weil and B. B. Seat as a special delegation to proceed to Washington to place matters before our home Government, and they will probably go on the return trip of the steamship John Wilson, about the 20th instant.
I have, etc,
United States Consul.