File No. 319.112C64/4.
Minister Price to the Secretary of State.
Panama, March 19, 1915.
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.
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