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

No. 1569

Sir: In order that the Department may obtain a more vivid picture of the actual situation, I have the honor to attach hereto copies of all reports for to-day from the Brigade Commander and the Treaty Officials,13 which are now made to me daily by these officials. Verbal reports are received at other times during the day.

It appears that the strike, urged on by the politicians of the Opposition and the newspapers, is rapidly spreading throughout Haiti. It is almost certain that the other Government organizations besides the Service Technique will be affected. If the loyalty of the Garde can be maintained and no untoward incidents occur, it is hoped that the force of the strike will gradually diminish and die. If, on the other hand, some untoward incident should occur, added fuel will be thrown on the flame and it would become more serious. For this reason, it is essential that great tact and thought be given to every move made by the Government. … President Borno is being besieged by telegrams and notes from Prefects and Magistrars throughout the country that exaggerate the situation and his Council of State is asking him what drastic action he intends taking to put an end to this situation.

I have [etc.]

John H. Russell
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