File No. 817.51/1088

The Minister in Nicaragua ( Jefferson) to the Secretary of State


Department’s telegram January 31, 4 p.m. In regard to budget deficit, it might be possible to use railroad dividends referred to in my December 26, 10 a.m.,1 or balance of customs revenues pertaining to last half of November and December 1917. Nicaraguan Government seems willing for High Commission to supervise payment of this deficit.

Preliminary report of Public Credit Commission to Foreign Office will be forwarded by next pouch, probably reaching the Department before the end of this month. This report does not give figures and details of each and every claim.

In addition to data already sent, a full and complete confidential report by Lindberg continues in preparation and will be very detailed in comments and figures and will be rendered to the Department after [Page 838]the payments have been made following precedent of Mixed Claims Commission.

The commission has made all awards with the exception of pending claims of Augustin Chamorro for $288,000 and of Salvador Castrillo for $9,000.

The following is condensed information about payment of certain claims:

French diplomas [diplomatic?] (Brimont) scaled 50 per cent, 75 per cent in cash and 25 per cent bonds; Dutch diplomas [diplomatic?] (Howitzerseck) scaled 60 per cent, 15 per cent cash and 85 per cent bonds; Italian diplomas [diplomatic?] (D’Auria) scaled 50 per cent, 50 per cent cash and 50 per cent bonds; claim of Widow Urry, death of English husband, scaled from $12,500 to $10,000, to be paid all in cash same as Cannon and Groce; claims of Cuadra family, Salvador Chamorro, and Diego Chamorro for exactions in times of Zelaya on following basis: cut out interest, scaled 20 per cent from principal, paid 50 per cent cash and 50 [per cent?] bonds; claim of Adolfo Díaz, cut out interest including large amount of 1913 bonds, 20 per cent from principal, and balance 50 per cent cash and 50 per cent bonds and also cut out Aromburu notes aggregating $128,525; claim of Amsinck & Co. cut to $224,284.67; Weinberger Bros, to receive nothing; Mutual Alliance Trust Co. claim, sent by Department, all in cash; American Investment Corp. claim cut to $8,576.40.

Following amounts by nationalities represent total claimed and total awarded.1

  1. Not printed.
  2. Not printed here. See following report of February 9, 1918, of Commissioner Lindberg.