File No. 319.1123L25/13.
Minister Price to the Secretary of State.
Panama, August 21, 1915.
Sir: Referring to the note enclosed with my despatch No. 552 of July 9, transmitted by me to the Panaman Foreign Office protesting against the release of the Panaman policeman, I have the honor to enclose copies of three supplementary notes in which I have insisted upon a response to the note first mentioned.
The conference referred to in the third of these notes was one in which I took occasion to express to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs [Page 1210] of Panama my disappointment and surprise at the seemingly indifferent attitude of Panama in this matter; to say to him it was making an unfavorable impression upon my Government and to remark that I was unable to comprehend the motives actuating them in this, even viewing the situation from their own standpoint. I made the observation again that I did not believe that if the positions of our respective Governments had been reversed during recent years, his own Government would have been as forbearing as ours, and I made reference again in passing to our treaty privileges. In responding, Secretary Lefevre said that he had written the Superior Judge twice without avail for information regarding the prosecution of this policeman, and indulged in the opinion that our Government would not think of taking over their national police force in the cities of Panama and Colon, saying that it would be a practical deprivation of their sovereignty. I warned him against feeling assurance on this line if energetic action and satisfactory settlement in the cases of the last three riots on their part continued lacking.
I have received no response to any of the four notes mentioned.
I have [etc.]