338.1121 Zrike Bros. and Johnson/35: Telegram

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

30. Department advised by American creditors of Zrike Brothers that their information indicates De la Rue has given impression to accused’s attorney that he would favor settlement with accused for $40,000 provided Haitian authorities agreed. For confidential information Department, telegraph whether there is any basis for this report.

American creditors who naturally fear loss of amount represented by their credits desire Department to direct informal representations looking to compromise settlement. The Department doubts the expediency of permitting De la Rue to take an active part in the negotiations for such settlement in view of the possible political effect, and requests an expression of your views on this subject.