File No. 838.00/1485
Chargé Mayer to the Secretary of State
Port au Prince, September 7, 1917.
Sir: I have the honor to forward herewith copy of a memorandum entitled: Relations between treaty officials of the Haitian Government, handed to me this day by Rear Admiral H. G. Knapp, to the effect that the Admiral considers such an expression a part of his official duty; that a great experiment is being carried on by the United States in reference to Haiti whose success is dependent in a very large degree upon the complete harmony and cooperation among the different Americans connected with the experiment. Further, the Admiral enjoins upon the United States naval officers who are treaty officials of the Haitian Government, such cooperation, and a full understanding that in independent organizations “orders from persons in one cannot properly be given directly to those of another”; that the heads of the gendarmerie, the engineer service, and the service of the sanitary engineer should, and he expected would, cooperate heartily with the other American treaty officials in Haiti and with the Legation and the officers of the occupation. Finally, the Admiral concluded his memorandum by stating that the juniors of the several organizations presided over by officers of the United States naval service should be instructed in the sense of this memorandum and held to a strict observance of its principles.
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