The Minister in Colombia (Philip) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received June 10, 2.55 p.m.]
82. Strictly confidential. The newspaper Diario Nacional announced lately that the Colombian treaty had been discussed in the United States Senate on the 31st ultimo with unfavorable results. Although I consider this report unreliable, I respectfully urge upon the Department the advisability of keeping me informed of developments in advance of any press cable reports and also that such information be furnished me before being given to the Colombian Minister, Cuba [sic]. There is an impression current here that the Senate will put aside this matter in the absence of the President and that only his personal effort and insistence could bring it to a settlement. It might accelerate action by the opposition if this opinion were made known to it together with the fact that psychological moment for action is now, if the most advantageous effect upon our interests in this country is to be assured.