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

21. Department’s 20 February 3, 6 p.m. The Claims Commission has been formally constituted with the following form of organization: The Haitian member is to preside over the debates and the American member is to preside over the deliberations. The debates are understood to include all public hearings and the deliberations are understood to include all other meetings of the commission. This compromise has been agreed to by the American member in conformity with the views of the Department and of General Russell as expressed in the Department’s 20, February 3, 6 p.m.

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This arrangement is viewed with general satisfaction and in view of the friendly relations existing among the commissioners I see no reason why the workings of the commission should not move right in entire harmony.