File No. 819.77/282
Minister Price to the Secretary of State
Panama , April 21, 1917 .
Sir: Supplementing my despatch No. 1290, of March 10, relative to the concession awarded Mr. Basil B. Duncan, by the National Assembly of Panama, for the construction of a railway on the Atlantic side of Panama, I have the honor to enclose copy of a letter from Mr. Duncan, declaring that there was eliminated from the concession the authorization for a branch line to Penonomé; that the branch lines permitted to be constructed under Article No. 2 of the concession are understood to be incidental short lines for the purpose of reaching banana, sugar and other plantations, and will be extended only to such distances as are necessary to reach such plantation grounds, and giving the assurance that it will be his aim and pleasure to work in harmony with the Government of the United States and its representatives on the Isthmus, and that such will be the spirit of the company which he hopes to form to build the railway referred to.
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