File No. 819.1.052/53.
Minister Price to the Secretary of State.
Panama, October 29, 1915.
Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 648 of October 16, I have the honor to transmit a copy of a letter from Major General George W. Goethals, Governor of the Panama Canal, in response to a request of mine for such suggestions as he might be willing to make with reference to the practical manner for putting into effect our demands herein. I knew that a quantity of arms, in use, I think, before Panama became a Republic, were kept stored by the Canal authorities for several years. Same, consisting of old and out of date fire arms, were returned to Panama last year sometime, when they were disposed of at auction sale to a merchant here at quite a small sum.[Page 1232]
General Leoniclas Pretelt, former Chief of Police here, tells me that the Republic of Panama owns about 3000 rifles, of which 1300 are here in the city of Panama and 250 in the city of Colon. He states that they are kept in police headquarters and that 800 of those in this city and 250 in Colon are an older make of rifle and that 500 of those in this capital are of a most modern pattern.
I have [etc.]