Mr. Strobel to Mr. Bayard .
Madrid , August 9, 1888. (Received August 25.)
Sir: It seemed to Mr. Curry advisable to present to the new minister of state a summary of the negotiations which had taken place with Señor Moret in reference to the case of A. M. Mora, resulting in the promise of the Spanish Government to pay the claims, and a note containing such summary, a copy of which is inclosed, was addressed, to I the Marquis de la Vega de Armijo on June 30 last.
I now have the honor to inclose copy and translation of the reply of the minister of state. It seems clear from the terms of his note that the claim on its merits is admitted to be res adjudicata. The explanation of failing to pay is the same as is given in Señor Moret’s note of May 12 last, which was sent to the Department in Mr. Curry’s 320 of May 14 last, and rests on the declaration that it would be impossible in I the present state of public opinion on the subject to secure the necesary appropriation from the Cortes without accompanying the proposition with an arrangement for the final disposal of all claims pending between the two Governments.
In view of the readiness expressed in the note to proceed to such an arrangement, and of the references in the Department’s No. 305 of June 23 to the failure of the Spanish Government to raise any specific objections to the proposed agreement submitted by Mr. Curry to Señor [Page 375] Moret on December 15, 1887, it may not be improper for the legation to attempt to extract from the minister of state why, if the payment of the Mora case, despite the anxiety of the Government to dispose of it, is blocked by the other claims, no reply has been made to the propositions of the United States, and when the Spanish Government intends to forsake its present meditative attitude towards that proposition by either accepting it or by making counter proposals on its own side.
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