File No. 738.3915/52.

The Department of State to the Haitian Minister.

[Aide memoire.]

The Department of State has been informed by the Dominican Legation that the construction of the road from Pedernales to Jimani is an imperative necessity in order to prevent the smuggling of goods into the Dominican Republic, and that if the work on the road should be long delayed much loss would be caused the Dominican Government.

The Department of State does not perceive any valid objection that might be urged against the construction of the road if it were permitted under an express agreement that the continuance of work thereon should in nowise prejudice the rights of Haiti in the disputed territory, and trusts that under the circumstances as represented by the Dominican Government, it will be found possible to arrange therefor.