Mr. Wetter to Mr. Strobel .
Tamatave , February 7, 1894 . (Received March 12.)
Sir: I have the honor to report in the Crockett estate matter:
- That all the statements and accounts of the estate of W. F. Crocket have been entered and kept in Malagasy, vide my dispatch No. 10, paragraph 4.
- That no return or account of any kind has been entered in the record for the Crockett estate since November, 1892; neither record of how the moneys of said estate, something over $2,000, were invested, nor any account of the disposition made of any interest accruing.
- That the money of this estate was brought to Mr. Whitney, late United States consul, by Mr. Didier, while Waller was on a wild-goose trip to Antalaka in October, 1892, about the same estate, and by him turned over to Mr. Waller on the latter’s return to Tamatave. Mr. Whitney died a few days later, and Waller actually seized all his goods and effects. Naturally the receipt for the moneys of this same estate must have been among Whitney’s effects. Mr. Waller thus came into possession of not only the money, but also of the only evidence against him as to its amount, etc.
- That it is especially worthy of note that I can not find the original of the inclosed entry made on page 11 of the “Record of deceased citizens and seamen, etc.,” nor are there any “court minutes or records” of any formal action on Mr. Waller’s part tending to legalize his assumption individually of the administration of the estate of Crockett as against his official position under the United States consular regulations.
- That Mr. Waller has filed no bond in his individual capacity in the consulate here to protect the United States against any abuse of his administrative powers as an individual appointed by the court, etc., and therefore I am forced to the conclusion that he was acting solely in his consular capacity.
- That, therefore, Mr. Waller, having failed to comply with the positive instructions contained in paragraph 635, has violated said paragraph, unless he claims exemption under paragraph 108, which, however, it seems to me, would be contrary to the proper conservation of the property, seeing that the heirs of Crockett are all here and not in the United States.
- That Mr. Waller has violated paragraph No. 373 of Consular Regulations in not having an appraisement made to certify the perishable character of said estate.
- That he has violated No. 375 in relation to quarterly statements as to amount of fees, etc.
- That he has violated No. 376 by not remitting said estate to the Treasury Department, under the positive instructions given him in Department dispatch No. 25 (January 9, 1893).
- That he has violated paragraph No. 377 in not keeping on file here a duplicate receipt of all moneys by him expended for said estate.
- That he has violated No. 378 in not opening proper accounts; also in not transmitting copies of such accounts to the Fifth Auditor.
- That he has violated No. 634 in not making the customary semiannual reports on said estate.
Suggesting that you favor me with immediate instructions on the subject of my action in this matter, as also upon the other matters referring to and connected with this subject touched upon in my dispatch No. 10.
I have, etc.,
United States Consul
N. B.—Ranarovelo was not the mother of Victoria Crockett, therefore had no control over herself or property. Waller knew this. Victoria Crockett never came into his hands. Both mother and the children are in Antalaka.