Mr. Powell to Mr. Hay.
Port au Prince, Haiti , November 11, 1899 .
Sir: I call the attention of the Department to the unwarranted invasion of the residence of our deputy consul-general, Mr. Alex. Battiste, by the chief of police, with revolver in hand, assisted also by a portion of the police force of this commune.
As the affair took place prior to my arrival, and as the vice-consul-general, Dr. J. B. Terres, had called the attention of the Haitian Government to this outrage, I did not feel warranted in taking action until I had reported this matter to the Department.
I feel though that some decided action should be taken on the part of our Government to prevent such occurrences in the future.
If this Government be allowed without the slightest pretense to invade the residence of our consular officers, without an energetic warning on the part of our Government that such unwarranted proceedings can not be allowed, our national prestige of protecting our officials abroad will soon be a nullity.
I feel that the Department should inform this Government that acts of this character will have a tendency to mar the cordial feeling which [Page 406] our Government has in the past as well as in the present extended to them.
On behalf of the deputy consul-general, Mr. Battiste, I desire to state that he did not wish that this matter should be brought to the attention of the Department, but I feel it a duty that the Department should be informed to prevent a like occurrence in the future.
I request that the Department instruct me so that a like flagrant outrage shall not again take place.
I have the honor to submit the correspondence of the vice-consul-general, Dr. J. B. Terres.
I remain, etc.,