Mr. Powell to Mr. Hay.

No. 648.]

Sir: I respectfully inform the Department, as I was about to embark those who have sought asylum in our legation, in accordance with the instructions from the Department and the request made to us by the Government, the minister of foreign affairs, Mr. St. Victor, called and delivered an oral request from the President that I would retain these gentlemen a few days longer.

I have done so. After waiting a period of two weeks and receiving no information from the Government as to its intentions, I addressed a letter to the minister of foreign affairs requesting information as to what the Government proposed to do. I received in reply a dispatch stating to me the decision of the Government, with a request that they leave by the first opportunity.

I have arranged for these persons to leave this legation on the 6th of September by the French Trans-Atlantic Line for Santiago, Cuba, at which place they will take passage for Kingston, Jamaica. I shall inform the Government prior to their departure.

I have, etc.,

W. F. Powell.
[Inclosure 1.]

Mr. Powell to Mr. St. Victor.

No. 298.]

Sir: Agreeable to a request from His Excellency the President, I detained the gentlemen who are in the United States legation, as they were about to embark for St. Thomas, in accordance with a notification from your office. The request that was conveyed to me, that it was the desire of His Excellency that I should allow them to remain a few days longer, at the expiration of which time they would be allowed to return to their respective homes with a guaranty of safety from the Government.

Since that time I heard nothing in regard to the intentions of the Government. [Page 391] The few days have grown into weeks and His Excellency is still silent as to what he intends to do.

I therefore request that His Excellency inform me, Are the gentlemen in my legation to be permitted to return to their homes with a guarantee of safety from the Government? Otherwise I shall send them away by first steamer. I request an answer, as I shall leave early next week for the United States.

Accept, etc.,

W. F. Powell.
[Inclosure 2.]

Mr. St. Victor to Mr. Hay.


Mr. Minister: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the dispatch of August 30 last, by which you announce to me that in case it should not be permitted to the Haitian citizens that have sought asylum in your legation to return to their hearths you would induce them to leave by the first steamer.

In thanking you for that communication I have not failed to submit it to my colleague of the department of the interior. I hasten to inform you that the Government of the Republic has taken the decision to embark those refugees on the French packet boat that will leave this port the 13th of this month.

Please accept, etc.,

B. St. Victor,
Secretary of State for Foreign Relations.
[Inclosure 3.]

Mr. Powell to Mr. St. Victor.

No. 301.]

Sir: I have the honor to receive your favor of this date, informing me that it is the decision of your Government that those who have sought refuge at the several legations shall leave the country by first opportunity, requesting of me that I comply with the decision of your Government.

In answer to your request, I will see that the gentlemen who have sought asylum within the legation of the United States shall leave the country by the first opportunity. The date of departure, name of vessel, and destination I will inform you when fully made.

Accept, etc.,

W. F. Powell.
[Inclosure 4.]

Mr. Powell to Mr. St. Victor.

No. 302.]

Sir: In compliance with your request dated August 16, 1899, that your Government requested those persons who have sought asylum in this legation “should leave by first steamer.” In conformity with that request, these gentlemen will leave on the 7th of September, by the French Trans-Atlantic Line, for Santiago, Cuba.

Accept, etc.,

W. F. Powell.