File No 819.77/284
Minister Price to the Secretary of State
Panama, June 9, 1917.
Sir: I have the honor to report that, in compliance with the Department’s instruction No. 362 of April 4, directing me to attempt to obtain from the President of Panama an agreement in writing that no branch roads would be approved by him under the railroad concession granted by the last National Assembly to Basil B. Duncan without the approval of our authorities having been first obtained, I took the matter up with the Foreign Office first verbally, feeling that was the best method of explaining and of obtaining the consent desired. I later addressed a formal note, a copy of which I enclose.
While Secretary Garay has indicated to me that he believed there would be no hesitation on the part of the President in complying with the wishes expressed by the Department, I have not as yet received a response to my note.
I have [etc.]