Mr. Vignaud to Mr. Gresham .

No. 272.]

Sir: On the last diplomatic reception day, Mr. Hanotaux informed me that the Santo Domingo difficulty was in a fairway of being quietly settled, and the trouble, it would seem, is now at an end. The terms of the agreement have been made public by one of those informal notes which it is the practice of the French Government to give occasionally to the press. It appeared this morning in all the papers, and I inclose herewith a translation of the same, clipped from the Paris edition of the New York Herald. As far as I know the statement is correct, and I have nothing to add to it.

I have, etc.,

Henry Vignaud
[Inclosure in No. 272.—Extract from the New York Herald (Paris edition), March 11, 1895.]

France and Santo Domingo.—An agreement arrived at and diplomatic relations to be resumed.

M. Hanotaux, minister of foreign affairs, announced to his colleagues on Saturday that the negotiations which were commenced in Paris through the good offices of [Page 401] Señor Leon y Castillo, the Spanish ambassador, had been brought to a successful issue. The following are the terms of the agreement:

The Dominican Government undertakes to pay to Captain Boimare a total indemnity of 1,000,000 francs, of which 150,000 francs on account must be paid cash down in Paris. The remainder is to be paid in monthly installments of, first, 12,000 francs, and then 15,000 francs, guaranteed on the dette extérieure and on the whole of the Dominican revenues.

So far as concerns the Cacavilli affair, the aggressor having been sentenced and executed, the Dominican Government undertakes to pay an indemnity of 225,000 francs, of which 80,000 francs shall be paid on account at once, and the remainder is payable in monthly installments of 5,000 francs.

The claims of the Banque de St. Domingue and those of Abbe Chiappini are submitted to the arbitration of Spain.

The minister of France at Haiti is to go to Santo Domingo on board a man-of-war. He is to be saluted with a salvo of twenty-eight guns. The Dominican authorities are to meet the representative when he lands, and to express to him the regrets of their Government and the desire to see relations reestablished with the French Government.

The representative of the Republic of Santo Domingo will be received in Paris by the President of the Republic as soon as the minister of foreign affairs has been informed of the reception accorded to the French agent at Santo Domingo.

These negotiations were commenced seven months ago by Señor de Escoriaza, the representative of Santo Domingo at Madrid. He had recourse to the good offices of the Spanish ambassador in Paris to communicate with the French minister of foreign affairs. The engagement entered into by the Dominican Government to execute the arrangement which has just been concluded is contained in a letter that Señor de Escoriaza has addressed to Señor Leon y Castillo which the ambassador has transmitted to M. Hanotaux.

The sums which the Dominican Government are to pay immediately on account are in the hands of the Spanish ambassador.

The instructions of the French Government to M. Pichon, French minister in Haiti, to go to Santo Domingo to receive the apologies of the Dominican Government, will be sent from France by the mail leaving on March 19.

As soon as M. Pichon has fulfilled his mission, M. Hanotaux will choose his successor. Santo Domingo will be represented in Paris by Señor de Escoriaza.