File No. 422.11G93/824.
Minister Hartman to the Secretary of State.
Quito, October 19, 1915.
Sir: Referring to the Department’s telegram of October 11, 1915, 6 p.m., and to my telegram of October 13, 3 p.m., I have the honor to make the following report.
The first information this Legation received that the Congress of Ecuador was even considering such a resolution was furnished it on the evening of October 6, when a translation of the resolution, and of the report of the mixed committee reporting the same was delivered to the Legation. At the same time the Legation was informed that the resolutions had been considered in secret joint session of the Congress, but that they would probably be considered in open session before the close of Congress, which was to, and did, close on October 8. Accordingly, on October 7 I personally called upon President Plaza, brought the matter to his attention and requested him to use his good offices to prevent the passage of the resolutions. His answer to that request was that he would speak to Dr. Baquerizo Moreno, the President of the Senate, leaving the [Page 362]implication that his remarks to Dr. Baquerizo Moreno would be in harmony with my request.
The next information I received on the subject was that the resolutions had passed Congress at 11 o’clock on the morning of October 8.
Immediately upon receipt of the Department’s telegram of October 11, I prepared and delivered to the Minister for Foreign Affairs my note No. 154 of October 13, 1915, of which copies are herewith enclosed. To this note no answer has yet been received.
I also enclose herewith for the information of the Department Spanish copies of the resolutions and the committee report thereon, with translation.
I respectfully point out to the Department that the first paragraph of its telegram above mentioned is not entirely sustained by the resolutions in this, that the resolutions do not instruct the Defensor Fiscal to embargo the properties of the Railway Company in order to obtain immediate possession thereof. But the statement is sufficiently accurate, and certainly all the facts make a case which justify the protest made. Indeed, I should have felt entirely warranted in filing a note of protest even in the absence of any instruction from the Department.
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