838.00/2965: Telegram

The Minister in Haiti (Munro) to the Secretary of State

40. Referring to Department’s telegram No. 31, May 16, 2 p.m., I did not intend recommending that the number of Americans in the Customs Service be limited to two. Such would in my opinion be impossible. I think, however, that the new convention might provide that only the Fiscal Agent and his deputy should be appointed upon nomination by the President of the United States and that other employees, American as well as Haitian, should be appointed upon the recommendation of the Fiscal Agent in the manner outlined by the paragraph agreed upon for the commissioning of Haitian employees in the Customs Service. The paragraph would then read, “The President of Haiti will issue commissions to employees occupying positions of authority and trust, et cetera.”

To avoid any possible misunderstanding, however, it might be well to have the first paragraph of article number I include a sentence stating that the Fiscal Agent shall have such aids and employees as he may consider necessary for the proper performance of his functions.