The Minister in Egypt (Howell) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 17.]
Sir: Supplementing my number 38 of May 27th, 6 p.m.,15 I have the honor to herewith enclose a copy of the full text of the decision rendered in regard to the Antiquities Law. I am at the same time enclosing a copy of my Aide-Mémoire on this question, dated April 22, 1924.16
I may state that on April 26th, I saw the Minister of Public Works who controls for the time being this matter, and made a strenuous effort to have this question remain exactly as it was during the year 1922–1923, but I was unable to do so. It will be seen, however, that no reference is made to the Lacau proposition, that is to say, leaving the decision wholly in the hands of Lacau to say whether or not there shall be a division of any of the articles found.
I shall be glad to discuss this question further with the Department and with the Metropolitan Museum when I am in the States.
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