The Secretary of State to Minister Furniss.

No. 11.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 6 of the 2d and your No. 9 of the 10th instant, reporting regarding the expulsion of certain foreigners from Haiti.

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You ask what action you should take in case a like treatment should be accorded to an American citizen.

In reply I have to say that, when the antecedent facts and the character of the person ordered to be expelled, so far as known to you, suggest that the expulsion is groundless, you should call on the Haitian Government to show cause why the expulsion should not be set aside, or, if persisted in, why this Government should not press a claim for indemnity.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.