Minister Dawson to the Secretary of State.
Bogota, March 27, 1909.
Upon the recommendation of the President of Colombia the assembly to-day referred the treaties to Congress in July. This sudden change due to serious threats of civil war and violence against the members of the assembly by the treaty opponents in Bogota and Santander. Congressional elections will be held May 30. If the Government win and peace meantime unbroken Reyes hopes for approval by Congress.