File No. 819.1052/49.
Minister Price to the Secretary of State.
Panama, July 26, 1915.
Sir: Referring to the Department’s instruction No. 146 of May 17 in which I was directed to obtain the opinions of Major General Geo. W. Goethals and Brigadier General Clarence R. Edwards as to the “exact powers and functions that should be vested in the military patrols” maintained by the United States military authorities in the cities of Panama and Colon, I have the honor to transmit a copy of a letter received from Brigadier General Edwards pursuant to my conference with him and to my letter asking for definite expression of his opinion.
I conferred, also with Major General Goethals about this matter after his recent return from the States and filed with him a letter referring to Department’s instruction and requesting expression of his opinion in the same matter. Major General Goethals states to me that in the absence of farther reaching measures, such as taking over the policing of these cities, being authorized by the Department, he concurs in the expressions given by Brigadier General Edwards, a copy of the letter aforesaid having been submitted by the latter to the former, and that, being most busy with his annual report which he is attempting to finish before going to the States next week, he would ask that the said letter of Brigadier General Edwards be taken as his response in this matter, with the prefatory remark just above related.
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