838.51/3685: Telegram

The Chargé in Haiti (Finley) to the Secretary of State

97. Department’s telegram No. 63, July 30, 9 p.m.55 Leger has requested de la Rue to transmit the following message to the National City Bank (in bank code):

“In order to clarify situation concerning redemption Republic Haiti 1910 loan bonuses [bonds?] which remain outstanding at present time please advise immediately by cable to Paris for Banque Union Parisienne that for any quantity still outstanding and unredeemed you guarantee reimbursement bonds of 1910 at the rate of 500 francs each. Confirm existing arrangement or make any new arrangement necessary from bank to bank to put Banque Union Parisienne in position to meet demand reimbursements upon presentation bonds without in any case making prior transfer of deposit to France.”

De Lens56 returned here yesterday. Leger stated that he will begin conversations with him with regard to the Department’s three points tomorrow or next day. Abel Leger left for Paris direct yesterday.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Leon Adrien de Lens, the French Minister in Haiti, had left Port-au-Prince for a visit to France in October 1937.