File No. 2126/257–262.

Minister Furniss to the Secretary of State.

No. 374.]

Sir: I have the honor to state, in further reference to the department’s instructions No. 112, of April 11, 1908, that I now consider that our Government’s policy as to the matter of asylum is known throughout Haiti.

I inclose herewith copy of my instructions to our various consulates and have to report that they have all acknowledged their receipt and have stated that they have given the matter the greatest possible publicity.

I endeavored to have the local papers make use of the information as a matter of news, but, failing in that, I requested Secretary Borno to assist me in giving publicity to it. He had it published in the official paper and subsequently it has been copied by the daily and weakly press.

I inclose herewith correspondence with Secretary Borno and a copy of the announcement as it appeared in the official paper.

I have, etc.,

H. W. Furniss.
[Inclosure 1.]

Minister Furniss to Consul Livingston.

Sir: Several of our consuls and consular agents have requested instructions as to what is to be the practice of the American consulates in Haiti regarding the acceptance of persons who are being pursued for the so-called political offenses.

That there might be no misunderstanding I requested the State Department at Washington for positive instructions relative to this matter of asylum, and under date of April 11, 1908, I have been instructed by the Department as follows:

“Now that the American legation and consulates have been cleared of refugees, you will make it distinctly known that no more Haitian refugees will be admitted to shelter by you or by your subordinates and that no pretext will be afforded for reawakening the question of asylum so far as the Government of the United States is concerned.”

You are directed to take particular note of these instructions and to see that they are carried out in so far as your office is concerned.


H. W. Furniss.
[Inclosure 2.]

Minister Furniss to Consul Livingston.

Sir: In response to inquiries of the various consuls and consular agents I have to say that it is the intention of our Government that the instructions sent you as to sheltering Haitian refugees be given the greatest possible publicity.

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The means of giving publicity to the matter will have to be left to your judgment, as I am not cognizant of the method employed in the different sections of Haiti.

I can see no objection to your requesting the Haitian authorities at your place to assist you in making the matter public.


H. W. Furniss.
[Inclosure 3.]

Minister Furniss to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

No. 270.]

Sir: I have recently received instructions from my Government as follows:

“Now, that the American legation and consulates have been cleared of refugees, you will make it distinctly known that no more Haitian refugees will be admitted to shelter by you or your subordinates.”

This is communicated to your excellency with the request that you will assist this legation in giving publicity thereto.

Your excellency will please accept, etc.,

H. W. Furniss.
[Inclosure 4.—Translation.]

The Minister for Foreign Affairs to Minister Furniss.

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to receive your communication, No. 270, of this date, transmitting to me instructions received from your Government.1

The department takes note of this information to which it will not fail to give publicity.

Please accept, Mr. Minister, etc.,

Louis Borno.
[Inclosure 5.—Translation.]

Department of State for Foreign Relations.

[From Le Moniteur.]

That no one may be ignorant thereof, the department of foreign relations makes known that it has received from the American legation at Port au Prince, the official notice of which the following is a translation:2

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Exact copy:

Amilcar Duval, Chief of Division.
  1. Instruction quoted supra.
  2. Here follows Minister Furniss’s note, No. 270, of May 2.