The High Commissioner in Haiti ( Russell ) to the Secretary of State

No. 215

Sir: I have the honor to report that an exchange of notes in regard to French claims has finally been agreed upon between the French and Haitian Governments, and it is my understanding will probably be signed today.

At the last moment, the French Government claimed an extension of six months from August 31, 1923, for the presentation of claims. This was finally reduced to four months, and in view of the fact that there were Spanish, Danish and other like claims to be submitted, the Commission extended the date for the presentation of all claims to the 31st of December, 1923.

A copy of the letter of the Claims Commission to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, dated August 10, 1923, is herewith enclosed.27 The particular attention of the Department is invited to that part wherein the Commission states its intention not to formally announce this decision until the latter part of the present month.

I have [etc.]

John H. Russell
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