The Minister in Panama (Davis) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 14.]
Sir: Referring to the Department’s cablegram No. 29 of May 29, 12 noon, authorizing me to inform the Panamanian Government that it may remove the Columbus Statue which stands in front of the Washington Hotel in Colon, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of my note to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs on this subject, together with copy and translation of his reply.
This note was delivered to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs a few hours before he visited Colon to take part in a banquet honoring [Page 718] Commander Isaac C. Kidd, who has been Captain of the Port of Cristobal for three years and who has made many friends among the Panamanians. The Secretary for Foreign Affairs, who has been the moving force for many years in claiming this Statue for the City of Colon, manifested his appreciation at the attitude assumed by the Department in this matter and announced the delivery of the Statue at the banquet given in honor of Commander Kidd.
The delivery of the Statue to the Panamanian Government has created a very favorable impression throughout the Republic.
I am transmitting herewith a copy of an article published in the Star and Herald of June 3, relative to this matter.3
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