File No. 319.1123 L25/9.
Minister Price to the Secretary of State.
Panama, June 25, 1915.
Sir: Referring to the riot in Colon April 2 last, between our soldiers and police and civilians of Panama, I have the honor to report that there was loaned to this Legation last week by Brigadier General C. R. Edwards, Military Commander of the Canal Zone, a copy of the report of Colonel J. L. Chamberlain, Inspector General of the United States Army, made by him of an investigation conducted under his supervision between the 2d and 8th days of April.[Page 1202]
I have had a copy made of said report and herewith enclose same.
The last of the five recommendations made by Colonel Chamberlain in his report is as follows:
5. That, with as little delay as possible, the control of Panama and Colon and their environments be taken over by the Canal Zone authorities; such control to embrace regulation of the sale of liquor and “dope”, as well as sanitation, prostitution, and police.
Colonel Chamberlain returned to the States along with Major General Leonard Wood on April 5 but since his departure the further investigation of the riot has been under the charge of Lieut. R. C. F. Goetz, Aide-de-camp on the Staff of Brigadier General Edwards. I am informed that he has just recently written his report and that same is being transmitted to the usual channels of the Department of War.
I have [etc.]