File No. 817.51/886
The Secretary of State to the Chargé d’ Affaires of Nicaragua
Washington, February 7, 1917.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of January 31, in which you state that you are instructed by the President of Nicaragua to inform me that the nominations of the members of the Committee on the Revision of the Debts of Nicaragua have been sent to the Nicaraguan Congress and that he is awaiting an opportune time to nominate a Fiscal Adviser. The President therefore instructs you to take steps to have 250,000 dollars of the amount payable to Nicaragua under the Canal treaty made available for the use of the Nicaraguan Government.
In reply I have the honor to say that your statement as to the Fiscal Adviser has been noted, and that instructions have been sent to the American Legation at Managua to reply to the note of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of January 25 by saying that the Government of the United States is in accord with the Government of Nicaragua that 250,000 dollars from the Canal fund should be applied to the Nicaraguan Government’s indebtedness and back salaries, and that this sum has been placed to the credit of Nicaragua.