The Ambassador in Cuba (Judah) to the Secretary of State

No. 687

Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 655 of May 7, 1929, and previous correspondence concerning the claim of Charles J. Harrah, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy and translation of a note which I have just received from the Cuban Secretary of State.32

This note is the first written statement made by the Cuban Government of its willingness to arbitrate this claim. Although I had understood from my various conversations with the Secretary of State that the note would contain whatever counter suggestions Cuba wished to make as to the draft of an Arbitration Agreement which was sent to the Embassy with the Department’s instruction No. 315 of February 13, 1929, file No. 437.11 H 23/39[/42], nevertheless this note contains no reference to the draft but suggests that there be two arbitrators, one Cuban and one American. I am, accordingly, acknowledging receipt of this note and inquiring whether all of the other stipulations contained in the Department’s draft are satisfactory to the Cuban Government.

I have [etc.]

Noble Brandon Judah
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