The Chargé in Haiti (Jordan) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 1—10:15 a.m.]
13. Department’s 8, January 24, 6 p.m. The Haitian Government in a note dated January 31 states that it considers that legally the protocol of 1919 has expired but since the Government of the United States deems that this protocol has still full force and vigor the Haitian Government purposes only to carry in the loan law certain provisions (précisions) the greater part of which proceeds from the modifications suggested by American Government itself; that it has moreover demonstrated in its note December 30th last that without new taxes (if the loan of 16 millions submitted by Lee, Higginson and Company, although comparatively better than the other two propositions, were under forced conditions) the Republic of Haiti would be confronted by an annual deficit of $1,000,000 in making the regular service of the budget and the service of the loan; that [Page 478] at the present time it is for the Government of the United States, who desires to bring to the Haitian Government efficacious aid, to make known the provisions proper to carry in the loan and to lend its good offices to the Haitian Government to obtain certain [modifications?] in the conditions of the loan.