Mr. Hart to Mr. Hay .


Referring to your cable November 1, minister for foreign affairs says will pay claim, but no money in the treasury; ways and means was not discussed; in a cabinet meeting to-morrow minister for foreign affairs wishes to know if certificates receivable for customs duties will be accepted and if you will consent to take these by installments at one, two, and three months, $10,000 each. I have insisted upon American dollars, spot cash, but have agreed to ask as above in view of the condition of the Colombian treasury. I beg to suggest that I should be allowed to accept American currency by installments at one, two, and three months.