File No. 718.1915/240.

The Secretary of State to Minister Price.

No. 169.]

Sir: The Department has received your despatch No. 574, of September [August] 2, 1915, transmitting a copy of a note dated July 28 last, from the Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Panama, in which Mr. Lefevre requests that in case Panama accepted the award of Chief Justice White in the region of the Atlantic, this Government use its good offices to the end that due compensation be given to Panama in the Pacific.

Should you be advised officially and in writing that Panama would accept unconditionally the decision of the Chief Justice, the Department, as you have already been informed, would be willing to use its good offices to bring about an amicable adjustment of any hardship thought to exist by reason of the award. In that event the Department would be glad to learn the nature of the compensation sought by Panama.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing.