File No. 711.38/40.
Port au Prince, October 14, 1915—2 p.m.
I was informed today by Haitian Minister for Foreign Affairs that the Senate committee had expressed a desire to have treaty negotiations reopened. I informed him that this was impossible and that, in view of the time already elapsed and concessions already made, the Government of the United States would expect definite action on the treaty as signed within the next few days. This communication is entirely in accord with wishes of the Haitian Government, which wishes to force Senate committee to report even if unfavorably as they believe the Senate as a whole will vote ratification irrespective of committee report.