File No. 422.11G93/895
Minister Hartman to the Secretary of State
Quito, January 3, 1917, 1 p.m.
Department’s December 31, 7 p.m.2 Immediately after receiving Department’s December 14, 4 p.m.,2 I presented matter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs personally and by memorandum dated December 18, the Minister for Foreign Affairs said that he would be compelled to delay answer until the Minister of Hacienda returned to the city. That Minister returned Saturday December 30. On yesterday I called the matter to the attention of the Minister for Foreign Affairs who promised to answer in two days. If answer unfavorable I will immediately file note with Foreign Office based upon Department’s December 31, 7 p.m.
I am investigating report to council of foreign bondholders as to attitude of President and Minister of Hacienda regarding proposed reports on contract of September 30, 1908 and all indebtedness due on railway bonds.
I will report fully by cable and mail as soon as answer is received.