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The Minister in the Dominican Republic (Russell) to the Secretary of State

8. Delay in selecting the other two members of the Commission has given rise to propaganda that there will be no Commission and the five have suggested that they should be authorized to commence work immediately on a study of the necessary laws and amendments to the Constitution pending the naming of the other two but no proclamation to be made until all seven have passed upon the said laws and amendments. If it is found impossible to find two others who will accept would the Department be willing to have the five constitute the Commission with a technical adviser in which case the latter should be named immediately?7

  1. The Legation was informed on Feb. 15 that the Navy Department had instructed the Military Governor to appoint Judge Ostrand to act temporarily as technical adviser to the Commission.