Mr. Smythe to Mr. Olney.
Port au Prince, Haiti, March 24, 1896. (Received Apr. 7.)
Sir: There was published in the Moniteur, the official organ of this Government, on the 18th instant, the usual notice, herewith transmitted, of the expulsion of Hugo Loewi, a native-born American citizen. On the 19th I transmitted a dispatch to the foreign office, which I also inclose with this, and immediately afterwards received formal notice couched in the usual terms of the action of the Government.
I have just had an interview with the secretary in which he says that the action of his Government was “justified and is irrevocable,” and that he is now preparing a communication to this legation in which he will give the reasons therefor, as demanded in my dispatch and explaining delay in the transmission of his notification. In the meantime Mr. Loewi had been informed by the chief of police that it was his intention to place him on board the German steamer leaving to-morrow for Mexican ports.
In the interview to-day I repeated my protest against the order to ship by “first vessel to foreign ports,” saying that my Government would consider its enforcement as an unnecessary aggravation of a measure in itself so extreme. Pending the receipt of a further communication I am preparing the papers for transmission by next mail, and in order to accomplish this have detailed its incidents up to the present, leaving this dispatch incomplete.
I received later a communication from the foreign secretary to the effect that Loewi would be allowed to ship on board the first steamer going direct to New York, and he is at this time making his arrangements to go by the Atlas Line vessel which leaves here to-morrow. It transpires now that the Government authorities were not aware of Loewi’s American citizenship. He has handed me his protest, which is herewith transmitted in copy. The Department will observe that this dispatch covers the events of several days, and at its close I have not received the Government’s reasons for the act of expulsion. Mr. Loewi has intimated an intention to make a demand for indemnity through the Department of State, and in order that you may have all the facts I will forward the “reasons for the act of expulsion” as soon as received.
I am, etc.,