File No. 319.1123 L25/19.
Minister Price to the Secretary of State.
Panama, October 4, 1915.
Sir: Referring to my despatches Nos. 599, 607, and 614 of the respective dates of August 30, September 8 and September 14 last, relating to my efforts to procure prosecution by Panama on account of the events connected with the Colon riot of April 2, 1915, I have the honor to report that on Saturday I received the first response [Page 1215] herein from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Panama of a character at all satisfactory. I enclose a copy of same and its translation.
The comparatively small number of witnesses thus far examined by the Panaman authorities in the matter is noticeable. With reference to my request regarding the police force the response is most meager, and I shall again request the full list.
Señor Lefevre has stated to me that he was arranging so that a representative of our Government chosen from the military authorities may be present at the further investigations and any prosecutions which may follow, with right to take part therein. He requested me to have General Edwards, Military Commander of the Canal Zone, designate some one, and stated that within a few days he expected to have the Attorney General of Panama go over with us the proceedings thus far followed and submit their plans as to the future. Upon the return of General Edwards this week from Costa Rica I shall submit Señor Lefevre’s proposition to him for his decision as to whether the military cares to share the responsibility with Panama in the matter of the prosecutions in order to obtain more definite assurance by representation therein of the good faith of the efforts of the Panaman officials.
I should be glad to have expression of the opinion of the Department upon the policy involved in the matter.
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