File No. 839.51/1523.
Washington, April 1, 1915—3 p.m.
Your March 4. Even supposing it has authority of law so to do, which is gravely doubted, Department unwilling authorize transfer money from credit order 1325 to continue work now in progress.
Department’s policy has been not to interfere with details internal improvements but recognize authority Dominican Congress thereover. Departure from that policy might easily cause serious embarrassment and it is believed should not be made even to avoid suspension public works under way. Responsibility for such suspension apparently rests with Dominican Congress which failed to make appropriation. Moreover, Department understands Congress now in session and of course it may, if it chooses, relieve public works situation.