File No. 319.1123L25/24.
Minister Price to the Secretary of State.
Panama, December 7, 1915.
Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 675 of November 11, I have the honor to transmit a copy and translation of a note received from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs last Saturday. I have made prompt response and send also a copy of same.
Brigadier General C. R. Edwards, Military Commander of the Canal Zone, having designated Captain Oliver Edwards as the representative of the military authorities in such further investigation as might be had herein, I sent him copies of Señor Lefevre’s note and of my response and suggested that he have Captain Edwards come down promptly and let me forthwith present him to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and attend the further proceedings in these matters under the limitation of authority suggested by the Department in its instruction No. 191 of October 19 last. Pursuant thereto I have this afternoon presented Captain Edwards at the Foreign Office, and Señor Lefevre set Friday next for him to meet with the Attorney General in conjunction with Señor Lefevre, and to make arrangements for the hearing of additional witnesses and the pressing forward of the investigation of the late riots in the cities of Panama and Colon.
General Edwards advises that the list of soldier witnesses to be presented before the Panaman authorities will now be furnished within a few days.
I have [etc.]