File No. 838.77/161


Your January 27, 5 p.m. My January 31, noon. Minister for Foreign Affairs confirms Department’s understanding in note just received as follows:


In reply to your excellency’s letter dated January 29 last, relative to the affair of the National Railroad Company, I have the honor to confirm here that which has been settled in our last conference, to wit, that Mr. Solon Ménos has been authorized to continue his conferences with the representative of the company under the good offices of the Department of State and that any question which could not be settled in these conferences would be submitted to the final decision of Mr. Ruan, who would thus act with the powers of an umpire (surarbitre).