File No. 319.1123L25/4.
Minister Price to the Secretary of State.
Panama , April 16, 1915 .
Sir: I have the honor to report that the investigations continue by representatives of our authorities and those of Panama into the mêlée of April 2, 1915, in Colon. Lieut. Goetz, now in charge of our military investigation since the departure of Col. Chamberlain, confesses to me discouragement over inability to obtain direct evidence from any one as to the person guilty of shooting and killing Corporal Maurice Langdon and little identifying testimony as to the policemen guilty of shooting at a number of our soldiers on that afternoon. * * *
I enclose a copy of the report made by Captain H. D. Mitchell, Chief of the Canal Zone Police, to the Governor of the Panama Canal a few days after the mêlée. * * *
The next morning after the trouble I called upon Governor Arcia of Colon before returning to Panama and expressed earnest interest in prompt and thorough action by Panama and in the presence of a representative of our Government being permitted at their examinations; he expressed himself agreeably regarding these requests. I followed this with the note to Sr. Lefevre enclosed with despatch No. 469, and I now transmit Sr. Lefevre’s response to same and its translation.
Both policemen are still in confinement.
There is no question that the Panaman authorities are more alarmed than they have ever been over the possible taking over of the policing of Panama and Colon pursuant to Article 7 of the Canal Treaty of 1903.
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