The Cuban Secretary of State ( Céspedes ) to the American Ambassador ( Crowder )14
Mr. Ambassador: With reference to the Convention signed today between the Republic of Cuba and the United States of America to obviate the occurrence of difficulties between both countries arising out of the application of the laws in force in the United States of America relating to alcoholic beverages, and as supplementary to the said Convention and to the negotiations and correspondence which we have had on this subject, I have the honor to advise Your Excellency that the Government of the Republic of Cuba understands that in the event of the adherence of the United States of America to the Protocol of December 16, 1920,15 which created the Permanent Court of International Justice at The Hague, the Government of the United States will not refuse to consider modifying the aforementioned Convention, or the conclusion of a separate agreement, in which it shall be stipulated that the claims mentioned in Article IV of the said [Page 22] Convention, which may not be settled in the manner indicated in the first paragraph of the said article, shall be submitted to the Permanent Court of International Justice instead of to the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
The Government of the Republic of Cuba likewise understands that each time that the authorities of the United States seize any Cuban vessel in conformity with the stipulations contained in Article II of the Convention above referred to, the said authorities of the United States shall be obliged to communicate very promptly a notification of what has occurred to the diplomatic representative of the Republic of Cuba in Washington giving the name of the vessel, the place of the occurrence, the circumstances of the case and the reasons therefor.
I hope to have the pleasure of receiving from Your Excellency in the name and on behalf of the Government of the United States of America confirmation of this understanding.
I avail myself [etc.]