The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Panama ( Flexer )
25. Your 52, June 20, 2 p.m. It is probable that the War Department can take action as suggested in the last paragraph of your [Page 825] despatch 369 of June 4.31 A definite decision is expected today or tomorrow. Your comment is requested on the following points:
- If the War Department is to offer to lease the property, should the offer be made in Panama or to Elliott before he leaves New York?
- If the negotiations take place in Panama, will the company’s representatives advise Elliott in New York, or should that be done from Washington?
- What is your opinion of a fair rental on the basis of a 5-year lease with option of purchase?