439.11c Colom, Eduardo/41
The Minister in the Dominican Republic (Schoenfeld) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 13.]
Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 1749 of July 19, 1934,28 and previous correspondence, regarding a claim in the amount of $5,000 [Page 207] against the Dominican Government for the murder last year of Eduardo Colom y Piris, an American citizen, I have the honor to report that in conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs today I referred, as reported in greater detail in my despatch No. 1803 of today,28a to the number of cases affecting the personal rights of American citizens, which had not been satisfactorily settled by the Foreign Office. The Colom y Piris case was mentioned incidentally in this connection. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, without referring explicitly to this case, intimated that he was encountering difficulty in formulating the position of the Dominican Government as to it. He gave me quite clearly to understand that the difficulties in question were related to the attitude of President Trujillo himself, though the Minister did not say so, and assured me that he would do his best to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion.