File No. 839.51/1536.
Minister Sullivan to the Secretary of State.
Santo Domingo, March 27, 1915—7 a.m.
Sending following at the request of financial expert:
Senate having voted budget carrying appropriations three quarters of a million dollars in excess of probable revenues for the fiscal year, I now consider it necessary to proceed energetically to reduce running expenses of Government. I have accordingly given notification that beginning April 1 proximo no further payments for certain budgetary items which I consider superfluous will be made. Economies thus effected will amount to $300,000 per annum. Another list of items to be eliminated April 15 will be submitted to Government next week and other eliminations will follow in rapid succession till our expenses are well within present receipts. Vigorous protest not unlikely. Johnston.