Mr. Loomis to Mr. Hay.

No. 490.]

Sir: In compliance with your instruction of June 7, No. 343, I conveyed to the Government of Venezuela your opinion and comment upon the case of Louis Goldschmidt, United States consul at La Guaira, who had complained through this legation that he was not adequately protected by the local authorities and that his life had been threatened.

The characteristic answer of the minister of foreign affairs (inclosure [Page 953] 1) seemed to insinuate rather plainly either that all of the correspondence in the case had not been submitted by me to the Department or that the Department had not considered it all. I thought it well to try to correct any misapprehension that may have arisen upon this point, and I therefore sent a second note, a copy of which I inclose.

I have, etc.,

Francis B. Loomis.
[Inclosure 1.]

Mr. Palacio to Mr. Loomis.


Mr. Minister: Your excellency’s note of the 9th instant, in which you transmit the Department of State’s opinion of the complaints made before your legation last May by Mr. Goldschmidt, consul in La Guaira, and which caused the investigation communicated to your excellency on the 17th of that month, was received in this office yesterday. Owing, doubtless, to the fact that this opinion is based on the assertions of one only of the parties concerned, the Government’s endeavors to discover the genuine circumstances of the case are not mentioned. For this reason the friendly interest shown by your excellency in informing the Department of State that since that time Mr. Goldschmidt has had no motives for complaint has been viewed with especial satisfaction, to which this ministry begs to add that the authorities have special orders to prevent everything that may give rise to complaints of this sort, in compliance with their own wishes, with those of the General Government, and with the prescriptions of law which protects the rights of natives and foreigners in this country in an effective and thorough manner.

I beg, etc.,

R. Andueza Palacio.
[Inclosure 2.]

Mr. Loomis to Mr. Palacio.

Mr. Minister: I am in receipt of your excellency’s communication of the 12th instant, relating to the opinion of my Government respecting the case of Consul Goldschmidt and the action of the local authorities at La Guaira in the matter.

I judge from the tenor of your excellency’s note that possibly you have formed one or two misapprehensions concerning the views of the Government of the United States which I had the honor of reporting to you in my note of the 9th instant.

Your note says: “Owing doubtless to the fact that this opinion is based on the assertions of one only of the parties concerned, the Government’s endeavors to discover the genuine circumstances of the case are not mentioned.”

I have the honor to say in this connection that every fact and circumstance in regard to the case was forwarded to Washington, and that the correspondence between the two civil jefes at La Guaira and the supreme chief of the Republic, as well as all of your excellency’s communications on the subject, were sent to Washington and there carefully considered by my Government, and that its opinion was formed after reviewing all of the facts and the alleged facts in the case. I furthermore desire to say that the Government at Washington had everything before it that came to the notice and knowledge of this legation. The Secretary of State, moreover, distinctly says, and I have so quoted him in my note of the 9th, that he had read with surprise and regret the correspondence, because of the apparent indifference at La Guaira in view of the action of the Federal Government of Venezuela based upon representations of this legation. So, you will here see, due note was made of what the Government of Venezuela did in the matter, while at the same time the course of its officials at La Guaira causes keen regret and disappointment.

I take this opportunity, etc.,

Francis B. Loomis.