The Chargé des Affaires in the Dominican Republic (Brewer) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 4.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s instruction No. 350 of June 3, 1920, directing me to take up with the Military Governor the matter of the advisability of appointing a commission composed of Dominican citizens to formulate for future enactment certain basic laws, especially those relating to elections, education and sanitation, and to secure a decision on this question with the least possible delay.
Immediately upon receipt of the instruction I handed to the Military Governor a memorandum in writing relative to the subject, which was discussed in detail by us. The Military Governor at once expressed the opinion that the appointment of this commission would serve no useful purpose, principally in view of the present state of unrest and agitation existing throughout the country, …
In order to have some expression of Dominican opinion in regard to the advisability of this Commission, the Military Governor called into consultation Messrs. Troncoso de la Concha and Joubert, Members of the Claims Commission, and in whose advice the Governor has great confidence. These gentlemen stated that they considered that the formation of the commission would only serve to increase [Page 116]the actual agitation prevalent, and that its object would probably never be accomplished, if, indeed, men of suitable qualifications could be induced to form a part of its personnel. It was furthermore pointed out that laws formulated by a small number of Dominicans would undoubtedly serve as the first attack of Congress upon the re-establishment of a national government.
In connection with this question, the appointment of the late Advisory Council, and the immediate demand for results, as made upon it through the press, the inability of its members to unselfishly serve their country as advisors of the Military Government, without thought of their own political aspirations, were mentioned in our conferences as indications of what might also be expected of any similar group of Dominicans at the present time.
The Military Governor prepared a memorandum on this subject, which I herewith enclose.
The Department’s telegram of July 7—4 p.m., No. 21—was received after the departure for Haiti of the Military Governor. Its contents will be made known to him on his return.
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