811F.504/150: Telegram

The Ambassador in Panama ( Dawson ) to the Secretary of State

82. In a conversation this morning the Secretary of Foreign Relations called my attention to the provisions regarding the employment of Americans found in the new locks bill.2 He said that these provisions have caused a painful impression here as excluding Panamanians from desirable employment. He said that this seems contrary to the letter and spirit of the treaty3 and he referred specifically to the closing paragraph of article I and to the exchange of notes dealing with equalities of opportunity and treatment.

  1. Public Law 391 (H. R. 5129), approved August 11, 1939; 53 Stat. 1409.
  2. General Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation and exchange of notes, signed at Washington, March 2, 1936. For correspondence regarding negotiations, see Foreign Relations, 1933, vol. v. pp. 852 ff.; ibid., 1934, vol. v, pp. 581 ff.; ibid., 1935, vol. iv, pp. 889 ff. For text, see Department of State Treaty Series No. 945, or 53 Stat 1807.