File No. 819.1052/51.
Minister Price to the Secretary of State.
Panama, October 16, 1915.
Sir: In compliance with the Department’s instruction of August 25 last directing me to urge upon the Government of Panama the disarmament of the National Police of Panama of large arms, such as rifles, and the strict enforcement of the law against carrying concealed deadly weapons, I have the honor to report that I held several conferences with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Panama, in which he indicated that the request of the Department would be fulfilled. I transmitted a Foreign Office note in connection therewith, a copy of which accompanies this despatch. * * *
The practical carrying out of the disarmament of the police of Panama will require not only dispossessing them of the rifles, but, also, the disposal of said arms in a manner to preclude as near as possible their access to them, particularly in cases of outbreaks or riots such as have taken place. This would entail either the sale of them or their storage in a proper place and for us to be assured of good faith in the matter it would seem requisite that we have a representative to check up what was done with them. * * *
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