File No. 319.112C64/4.

Minister Price to the Secretary of State.

No. 444.]

Sir: I have the honor to report further with respect to the outbreak of February 14 in the Cocoa Grove district that I have received today from Brigadier General C. R. Edwards, Military Commander of the Canal Zone, two copies of the evidence procured by the military authorities in their investigation of the affair and of the reports submitted in connection therewith. One of the copies is intended for our files and such portions of the other copy as deemed advisable for transmission to the Panaman authorities. As reported in my despatch No. 413 of February 19 last, I took occasion on the morning of this happening to say to Sr. Lefevre, Secretary for Foreign Affairs that our examinations of witnesses would be open and that we would welcome thereat a representative from their Government, and in consideration therefor I requested that we might be permitted to be represented at their hearings. A few days since a note was received from Sr. Lefevre, copy and translation of which are enclosed, asking for a copy of the sworn statements of the American soldiers present on said occasion.

I have [etc.]

Wm. Jennings Price.
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[Inclosure 1—Translation.]

The Secretary for Foreign Affairs to Minister Price.

No. S–5937.]

Mr. Minister: The Fourth Municipal Judge of the Capital District, who has charge of the investigation ordered by my Government for the bringing to light of the lamentable happenings which took place on the night of February 13 ultimo in the Cocoa Grove district, desires to obtain copies of the sworn statements rendered by the American soldiers who were present and who took part in the affray of the above-mentioned night.

In view of this I shall appreciate it if your excellency will order that the copies requested be sent to my office, in order that they may be transmitted to the above-named official.

Anticipating [etc.]

E. T. Lefevre.
[Inclosure 2.]

Minister Price to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

No. 151.]

Excellency: In reply to your excellency’s note S–5937 of March 10, I have the honor to transmit the copies requested by your excellency, consisting of Part 1, evidence of the American patrol of that evening; Part 2, evidence of soldiers submitted by their commanding officers; and Parts 3 and 3½, evidence both of soldiers and civilians, examined by Major H. A. White, Judge Advocate and Acting Adjutant on the Staff of General C. R. Edwards, who was designated by the latter as the Inspector to take said testimony.

It will be duly appreciated if your excellency will be kind enough to notify this Legation whenever any further evidence may be taken by the authorities of your excellency’s Government, so that our representatives may have the opportunity to be present thereat.

I avail [etc.]

Wm. Jennings Price.