File No. 319.112C64.

Minister Price to the Secretary of State.


A fight took place this morning about 1 o’clock between an American soldier and Panaman police and civilians at Cocoa Grove red-light district of City of Panama resulting in two deaths, one a Panaman citizen and the other a Peruvian resident of Panama. About 21 American soldiers and 2 American civilians and about 21 Panamans were wounded also, most of them being now in hospitals but wounds apparently not serious. General Edwards and I with our respective staffs and in company with Panaman Minister for Foreign Affairs [Page 1187] and other high Panaman authorities have spent the night investigating the situation. Unable yet to place blame but a small quarrel seemed sufficient to extend to above results.