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The Chargé in Haiti (Dunn) to the Secretary of State

10. General Russell’s 160, December 14, noon.14 Members of Claims Commission sworn yesterday. It is the view of the Haitian Government that each member should be president in turn holding that office during periods of one month.

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American member considers Saavedra ineligible because of temporary character of his appointment and states that Leger will be disqualified to sit in cases with which he has been connected as counsel or otherwise; also believes that foreign claimants would protest selection of Haitian member as president of commission. Financial Adviser concurs in views.

For the guidance of the American member the Department’s views in the matter are requested.