Mr. Terres to Mr. Hay.
Port au Prince, March 7, 1904.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a protest handed in to this legation by Mr. George Schwedersky, an American citizen largely interested in business in Haiti, with the request that same be forwarded to the Department of State at Washington.
I called on the minister for foreign affairs with Mr. A. Battiste for the purpose of finding out the reason why the patent was refused. [Page 385]He seemed not to know the cause for the refusal but promised to furnish me with the information, which has not been done up to this date. This shows a very alarming situation for Americans doing business in Haiti, and unless some means are taken to stop same will result in their utter ruin.
I am, etc.,