The Chargé in the Dominican Republic (Herod) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 5—12:07 p.m.]
2. Of the $500,000 certificates the Department has just undertaken to float $320,000 will be necessary for salaries in arrears leaving $180,000 for public works provided certificates are sold at par. Completion of Santo Domingo Monte Christi highway will cost $400,000 and could be done by May 1st next. Military Government informs me intention is to finish this road even by contracting debts.
The Government is engaged in working out details of a sales tax which it is the intention of the Admiral to have imposed.