Minister Blanchard to the Secretary of State.
Port au Prince, January 18, 1915.
Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 26, I have the honor to forward herewith copy and translation of the note from the Foreign Office under date of January 13, 1915, notifying this Legation that unless the basis of an agreement, at least, was arrived at before January 20, that day would mark the end of the suspension previously accorded.
It will be observed that the Minister of Foreign Relations explains this action on the part of the Government by the fact that, [Page 547]since October 6 last, no propositions of agreement have been submitted and that an indefinite delay would cause grave prejudice to the interests of the State.
It will be further noted that the Minister of Foreign Relations expresses the hope that before January 20 the National Railroad Company will have decided to yield to the efforts which “the Department of State … has not failed to make to bring it to an arrangement.”
With reference to the above, I verbally reminded Mr. Borno that at the time that these negotiations were being had with the then Minister of Foreign Relations, Mr. Désert, he declined to accept the intervention of the Department of State in the settlement of this difference, claiming it to be contrary to the contract which, on its face, precluded diplomatic intervention, granting, on the ground of international courtesy, the request for a suspension made in the name of the National Railroad Company of Haiti—as reported in my telegram of October 14 and my dispatch No. 12 of October 16, 1914.
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