File No. 422.11G93/937
The Secretary of State to Minister Hartman
Washington , November 10, 1917, 6 p.m.
Department has received reports that Ecuadorean Government has instructed defensor begin proceedings at once against Guayaquil and Quito Railway Company in courts of Ecuador. If this report correct you are instructed to lodge a protest with the Ecuadorean Government against taking such action against this American corporation, as it would be regarded by Government of United States as a violation of the rights of American interests. You will state to Government Ecuador that it will receive through you in near future complete statement of this Government’s attitude in this matter.