File No. 838.516/66.
Minister Blanchard to the Secretary of State.
Port au Prince, January 11, 1915.
Sir: I have the honor to report that in pursuance of the complaint embodied in a letter from the Director of the National Bank of the Republic of Haiti, under date of December 29, 1914, and after conference with the French Minister here, who took a similar course in the defense of the French interests in the Bank, the Legation, pending further instruction, addressed a note to the Foreign Office, dated December 30, 1914, of which a copy is herewith forwarded, making the most express reserves as to the action of the Haitian authorities in executing the decree, rendered by default and in violation of Article 24 of the contract of the Bank, which prescribes that all differences between the Haitian Government and the Bank must be submitted to arbitration.
I also enclose copy and translation of the note verbale, dated January 8, 1915, received from the Foreign Office in reply.
As you will observe, the Foreign Office, after recalling that, according to the contract of the Bank, all diplomatic intervention is formally prohibited and that further, even if such were possible, the fact of the Bank being a French corporation having its principal office in Paris, should exclude in any case American intervention, the French being represented in Haiti by the Legation of the French Republic, informs this Legation in a purely unofficial manner as to [Page 501]the rights of the Haitian Government in that which concerns the decree of référé of October 20 last, and finally states that the Haitian Government is ready to submit the differences to arbitration, as provided for in Article 24 of the contract of 1910. Of this the Bank was informed.
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