The High Commissioner in Haiti (Russell) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 3.]
Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 1564 of November 25, 1929, I have the honor to report that the striking students finally decided not to return to Damien and the medical and law students decided to continue their sympathetic strike. Their forces have also been augmented by the upper classes of two of the Brothers Schools.
On Monday, November 25, 1929, I presented to President Borno the attached memorandum, suggesting that the Damien situation be handled as I have outlined, but President Borno desired to wait several days in order to give Mr. Price, the new Minister of Public Instruction, an opportunity to settle the matter.
There appears in the Opposition paper L’Haitien the attached letter11 addressed to the striking students ostensibly by the students of the school, but I am informed that the letter was written by one of the Sisters of the school for the students to sign. Reports that I have received from different sources indicate that the French Brothers are at least secretly assisting the striking students.
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