411.19 L 22/963

The Secretary of State to the Panaman Chargé ( Lefevre )

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge your note of August 26, 1921, in which you request this Department to suggest to the War Department that instruction be given to the authorities of the Panama Canal to enter into negotiations for a direct settlement of the claims of certain residents of Taboga Island against the Canal Zone authorities. You state that you believe that such direct negotiation would produce a satisfactory settlement of these claims, and that such a settlement would be agreeable to your Government without implying that your Government renounces the right of asking that the Mixed Commission be called together if it should prove necessary.

I take pleasure in informing you that a copy of your note was forwarded to the Secretary of War, and that the Secretary of War has transmitted the correspondence in regard to the matter to the Governor of the Panama Canal with instructions to enter into direct negotiations with the residents of Taboga Island who have claims against the United States Government, along the lines previously suggested by the Canal Zone authorities.

Accept [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Henry P. Fletcher