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File No. 837.6112/32.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State. No. 664.]

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Ilabana, March 22, 1913.

Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith in copy and translation Decree No. 83, which revives the Zapata concession upon terms which seem to conform with the Department's previous objections. I have [etc.]

A. M. BEAUPRÉ.

[Inclosure-Summary.)

Decree No. 83 of January 31, 1913, repeals Decree No. 758 of August 14, 1912, which suspended Decree No. 556 of June 18, 1912; this renewal of the operation of No. 556 is made in view of the withdrawal of the objections that had been made [by the United States) thereto, and in view of the amended interpretation to be given that decree, agreed to by the concessionaire, and here stipulated sembodying the amendments mentioned in the instruction of January 11, 1913, to the American Minister).

File No. 837.6112/32.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister.

No. 215.]

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, April 4, 1913. Sir: The Department has received your No. 664 of March 22 last in which you enclose a copy and translation of Decree No. 83, reviving the Zapata concession upon terms which, you state, seem to remove the Department's previous objections.

In reply I enclose a copy of the Department's letter of today's date to Mr. Isaac K. Champion, President of the Zapata Land Company. I am [etc.]

For Mr. Bryan:

ALVEY A. ADEE,

(Inclosure.)

The Secretary of State to Isaac K. Champion.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, April 1, 1913. SIR: The Department acknowledges your letter of March 19, 1913,' in which you enclose a copy of the Gaceta Oficial of February 4, 1913, containing a copy of Presidential Decree No. 83, which appears to put in force Decree No. 556 of June 18, 1912, by accepting the modifications in the latter decree proposed by the Compañía Territorial de Zapata.

The Department has noted your statement that was agreed in discussing this matter with the State Department at Washington in accordance with my written communications to the American Legation at Habana, all the rights and actions acquired under this concession formerly held by the Compañía Territorial de Zapata, a Cuban corporation, have been duly and legally transferred and assigned to the Zapata Land Company, a corporation organized under the laws of

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the State of Delaware.” Rega rding this statement it should perhaps be observeil that the officers of the Department with whom you conferred have no recollection of the agreement you seem to allege between the Department and yourself that the concession rights should be transferred to an American company. This would appear to be a matter which concerns only the concessionaire and the Cuban Government, I am letc.)

For Mr. Bryan :

ALVEY A. ADEE.

CONCESSION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BRIDGE ACROSS THE

ENTRANCE TO THE PORT OF HABANA; ATTITUDE OF THE UNITED STATES.

File No. 837.156/26.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.

No. 683.]

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Habuna, March 16, 1911. Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 529 of December 23, 1910, I have the honor to report that by Executive Decree No. 180, dated the 10th instant, published in the Official Gazette (No. 62) of March 15th, a concession has now been granted to one Arturo Dworzak to construct a steel bridge across the entrance to the port of Habana from the “ Capitanía del Puerto" to the extreme south part of the fortress “ La Cabaña.” Work on the bridge is to begin within six months and must be terminated in fifty-four months without obstructing the channel in the meantime, I have [etc.]

John B. JACKSON.

File No. 837.156/26.

The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretory of War.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, March 24, 1911. Sır: I have the honor to enclose a copy of a despatch from the American Minister at Habana in which he reports that by Executive Decree a concession has been granted to Arturo Dworzak to construct a steel bridge across the entrance to the port of Habana. I have [etc.]

HUNTINGTON WILSON.

File No. 837.156/26.

The Acting Secretary of State to the American Minister.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, March 24, 1911. Sir: The Department has received your No. 683 of the 16th instant in which you report that by Executive Decree a concession has been

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granted to Artnro Dworzak to construct a steel-bridge across the-entrance to the port of Habana.

A copy of your despatch has been forwarded to the Secretary of War. I am [etc.]

HUNTINGTON WILSON.

File No. 837.156/113.

The American Minister to the Serretary of State. No. 502.]

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Habana, November 15, 1912. Sır: Referring to my despatch No. 111 of February 15, 1912, to the Department's unnumbered instruction of March 24, 1911, and to previous correspondence, in regard to a concession granted to one Arturo Dworzak for building a bridge across Habana harbor between Habana and Casa Blanca, I have the honor to enclose herewith copy of a letter' dated the 13th instant (received today) from the Havana Coal Company, concerning a proposed modification in the plans for this bridge, now pending approval by the Executive, and which, if approved, would, that company alleges, do incalculable harm to its property at Casa Blanca. The grounds upon which the Havana Coal Company objects to the proposed modification of the concession are fully set forth in its letter. The Havana Coal Company is an American corporation controlled by the Berwind-White Coal Mining Company of New York. Its coal-handling plant at Casa Blanca is a large and valuable property.

As it is reported in the press of this city that the President will, notwithstanding an unfavorable report of the Junta de Puertos, probably approve the modified project, I have ventured, pending the receipt of appropriate instructions from the Department, to request the Cuban Secretary of State to cause the matter to be held in abeyance until I should be able to ascertain the Department's wishes. I enclose a copy of my note' to the Cuban Secretary of State in this sense. I have [etc.]

A. M. BEAUPRÉ.

File No. 837.156/117.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister. No. 177.]

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, December 13, 1912. Sir: The Department has received your No. 502 of the 15th ultimo regarding the concession granted to Arturo Dworzak for building a bridge across Habana harbor between Habana and Casil Blanca.

In reply I enclose for your information copies of letters from R. Floyd Clarke, attorney for the Habana Coal Company, dated December November] 26, 1912, and from J. A. L. Waddell, representative of the Habana Bridge and Loan Company, dated December 2, 1912, in regard to the controversy between tire Coal Company and the Bridge Company as to the location of the piers of the projected bridge, which controversy the Department is informed has now been adjusted. These letters have been referred to the War Department and the Navy Department for their consideration.

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Apart from the controversy between the two companies, the Department desires further investigation and report concerning this Government's possible interests in the matter, particularly respecting the land grand [grant] feature of the concession. I am [etc.]

For Mr. Knox: HUNTINGTON WILSON.

File No. 837.156/129.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State. No. 587.]

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Habana, January 10, 1913. Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 502 of November 15, 1912, concerning the protest of the Havana Coal Company against the proposed modification in the plans for building a bridge across Habana harbor between Habana and Casa Blanca, I have the honor to enclose herewith copy and translation of a note dated the eighth instant which I have today received from the Cuban Secretary of State. I have [etc.]

A. M. BEAUPRÉ.

(Inclosure-Translation.]
REPUBLIC OF CUBA
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
No. 67.

HABANA, January 8, 1913. MR. MINISTER: With reference to your excellency's esteemed note No. 421 of November 15th last, in regard to certain representations made to the Legation by the Havana Coal Company concerning a project to build a suspension bridge, I have the honor to inform your excellency that the President of the Republic, in his decree of December 12th last accepting modifications in the bridge, took into consideration the suggestions of Mr. Sanborn, secretary of that company, as embodied in a telegram received by the concessionaire, reading as follows:

Sanborn has suggested, and I have agreed, subject to your approval, to change ihe tangent of the bridge 430 feet to the westward along the wharf (of the Havana coal Company), thus avoiding any damage to the coal business. The new tangent crosses (the channel) perpendicularly to the wharf (of the Havana Coal Company), cutting the tangent of the southern approach to 390 feet from the extreme end of the interniediate

The principal sections of the bridge are not to be changed. The northern ipproach turns to the right and towards the end again turns to the left and ends approximately 100 feet from the center of the water storage. The two central radia of the new curve measure 160 feet. I avail (etc.)

G. PATTERSOX. File No. 837.156/129. The Secretary of State to the American Minister. [Telegram---Paraphrase.)

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, January 15, 1913. Habana bridge matter. Your despatch January 10, No.587. This matter has been considered by the War and the Navy Departments

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in relation to the interests of the United States and of Cuba, irrespective of the controversy between the coal company and the bridge company. In an opinion recently submitted the Navy Department points out that even under the amended plans the bridge threatens seriously to congest traffic in the narrow harbor entrance and to embarrass the movements of the larger ships; and it emphasizes the consideration that if, either in peace or war, any part of the span were to fall, which could easily be effected with a charge of dynamite, it would close the harbor, shut in vessels on the inside and keep out vessels on the outside.

Inform the Cuban Government of the substance of the foregoing and add that the Department believes that upon consideration thereof the Cuban Government will not be willing to go on with a project so seriously threatening the trade and military interests of the two Governments.

If you find opposition to this view, you will request delay or suspension of action until the two Governments shall have further opportunity to discuss the matter,

Knox,

File No. 837.156/131.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.

(Telegrams--Paraphrases.)

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Habana, January 16, 1913. I have sent a note in pursuance of your telegram of January 15. It would be well to consider that the land to be ceded to the bridge company is really a military reservation and is the only available place where, except for Camp Colombia, United States troops could be quartered in Havana.

BEAUPRÉ.

File No. 837.156/132.

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Habana, January 25, 1913. The following reply regarding bridge has been received from the Cuban Secretary of State:

Since the bill in question has been enacted by Congress and approved by the President, the latter has no means at his disposal for suspending its effect; but he intends to defer its execution for a reasonable period in the confident hope that the United States will promptly complete its study of the matter and, if there are no objections to so doing, communicate its findings to the Government of Cuba.

BEAUPRÉ.

File No. 837.156/132.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister.
[Telegram---Paraphrase.)

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, January 28, 1913.. You may reply to the Cuban note saying that the reasons already given would seem to demonstrate that from the standpoint of the

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