File No. 838.51/476

The Secretary of State to Minister Blanchard


Your February 15, 9 a.m. Since January 1, 1916, Admiral Caperton, with the consent of the Haitian Government, has been paying salaries direct to all public employees under a plan formulated with a view to do away with the pernicious system of discounting salaries and Government orders. The Admiral should therefore disregard any form of attachment of salaries, particularly attachment by “opposition,” which interferes with the purpose of this Government, but with a view to show every respect for the Haitian law in so far as it applies to an honest debt, the Admiral may recognize attachment of one-third salaries by court injunctions, provided that such injunctions are based upon action for legitimate debts only, in no way connected with discounting of salaries.

It is presumed that the issuance of mandate for salaries has been permanently discontinued.