File No. 838.77/163
The Secretary of State to Minister Blanchard
Washington, March 2, 1917.
Sir: With reference to the Department’s cable of March 1, 4 p.m., you are informed that on February 15, 1917, an agreement was reached by Minister Ménos, representing the Government of Haiti, and Mr. R. L. Farnham, the National Railroad Company of Haiti, on the principal points in dispute regarding the railroad matter. A copy of the agreements, a list of the points7 to be submitted to the Financial Adviser for the Government of Haiti and a copy of a communication from Mr. Farnham, dated February 16, 1917,4 are enclosed herewith, for your information.
In order to expedite the settlement of this entire question the Department offered to use its good offices in bringing before the Haitian Government two points which were considered as being outside of the general discussion, but in which the railroad company is greatly interested and which it desires to have settled at the earliest possible moment by the Haitian Government. These two points are set forth in detail in the letter of Mr. Farnham above referred to, and you are instructed to present them without delay to the Government of Haiti. You will state in this connection that the Government of the United States is confident that the Government of Haiti will give these matters prompt attention, and that it will issue proper instructions at the [Page 831] earliest possible moment for the signature of the bonds. You will also ask that the Government of Haiti take up as soon as possible the question of the payment of the interest on the railroad bonds.
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