File No. 817.51/885

Minister Jefferson to the Secretary of State


Department’s January 26, 4 p.m. Have had decree for forming commission drawn in accordance with Article 85, Section 15 of the Constitution which will, I believe, give the President and commission ample power to investigate any claim which has changed hands for the sake of speculation. However, we are of the opinion that great care should be exercised in the matter of awards of Mixed Claims Commission not in conflict with provisions of the Constitution.

Number two contemplates an additional 100,000 dollars from the Canal fund for college purposes.