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File No. 839.51/957.
The American Minister to the Secretary of State.
[Telegram-Paraphrase.)

AMERICAN LEGATION.

Santo Domingo, February 18, 1913. The Government is in desperate straits unless some kind of loan is immediately consummated. The President has been compelled to pay out large sums for the expenses of the late war; these were proper expenses and the sums used to pay them were advanced by Michelena, to be charged to the loan. But owing to the uncertainty about the conclusion of the loan, Michelena absolutely refuses to advance another dollar.

RUSSELL.

File No. 839.51/957.
The Secretary of State to the American Minister.

[Telegram- Paraphrase.]

DEPARTMENT OF SHATE,

Washington, February 19, 1913. The Department assumes that advance has already been made of $300,000 under the terms indicated in Department's December 18. If the Dominican Government anticipates the need of an additional adVance before the conclusion of the loan, the Department-hereby consents thereto, if not in excess of $200,000 and if under the terms recited in Department's December 18, to be refunded out of the proceeds of the permanent loan.

In regard to the protest of the National Bank of Santo Domingo, you are informed that the Department has concluded its study of the matter and has no observations to offer to the Dominican Government. Jarvis has been informed that both proposals seem to be within the legal requirements, and that the initial adoption of a loan contract to be submitted for this Government's consent, and acceptance of the proposal most advantageous to the Dominican Government, are matters for that Government's determination, and the Department does not feel called upon to interfere as between rival American bidders.

The Department is uncertain whether or not your February 13 means that the National City Bank proposal has been finally and irrevocably accepted. If it has been so accepted and when the Department has been so advised, it will promptly inform you of a minor change respecting procedure which it has to suggest as preliminary to its consent. Meantime cable text of preamble.

Knox.

File No. 839.51/961.
The American Minister to the Secretary of State..
[Telegrams--Paraphrases.)

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Santo Domingo, February 21, 1913. The Dominican Government has ratified to me its final and irrev. ocable acceptance of the proposal of the National City Bank of New

York, after having duly considered the protest of the National Bank of Santo Domingo. The following is the text of the preamble of the contract :

Whereas the National Congress of the Dominican Republic has authorized, by a law approved by the President on December 14, 1912, the negotiation of a loan not to exceed $1,500,000 gold, at a rate of interest not to exceed 7 per centum per annum; and, considering that of the proposals submitted by various bankers for this loan the Dominican Government has accepted the proposal of the National City Bank of New York, an incorporated company with its principal domicile in the City of New York, United States of America, at No. 55 Wall Street

The Dominican Republic, represented in this contract by its Secretary of State for Finance and Commerce, party of the first part, and the National City Bank of New York, represented, by virtue of a special authorization transmitted by cable on January 23, 1913, by Mr. Santiago Michelena, banking concern, domiciled in the City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, party of the second part, hereby agree and contract as follows:

RUSSELL.

File No. 839.51/960.

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Santo Domingo, February 23, 1913. The contract was signed yesterday and awaits my endorsement. Will the change mentioned in your February 19 necessitate a new contract, or can I, subject to changes you make, endorse the present contract?

RUSSELL.

File No. 839.51/962,

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Santo Domingo, February 24, 1913. I am requested to inform you that the Dominican Government has definitively accepted the proposal of the National City Bank, after seriously considering all the objections raised by the National Bank of Santo Domingo. Your instructions have been strictly complied with and I have declared on all occasions that my Government leaves the Dominican Government absolutely free to choose between the two propositions.

RUSSELL.

File No. 839.51/962.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister.

[Telegram-Parapbrase.)

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, February 26, 1913. In regard to your February 23, the Department feels that the provision for the endorsement by the American Minister should be stricken out of the loan contract.

As to your February 21 and February 24, with the modification made as stated in the foregoing paragraph, this Government, in pursuance of the terms of the convention between the two Governments of February 8, 1907, stands ready to agree with the Government of the Dominican Republic that that Government contract a loan for $1,500,000 in accordance with the terms of the contract with the National City Bank of New York. In order to evidence this agreement on the part of the two Governments, it is proposed that formal rotes be exchanged between the Foreign Office and the Legation.

Therefore when the Minister for Foreign Affairs shall have addressed to you a note enclosing a copy of the proposed contract, modified as above indicated but otherwise as laid before the Department, and shall have officially asked that this Government agree to the proposed increase of the Dominican public debt as provided in the said convention, and shall have informed you that the Dominican Government agrees that the proceeds of the loan shall be disbursed subject to such supervision as this Government may indicate, you will acknowledge receipt and say:

The Government of the United States, pursuant to the terms of the Conven. tion between the United States and the Dominican Republic of February 8, 1907, hereby agrees with the Government of the Dominican Repúblic that the Government of the Dominican Republic may increase its public debt to the amount of one million five hundred thousand dollars in accordance with the terms of the proposed contract with the National City Bank of New York, a copy of which has been transmitted to this Legation; provided, however, that all advances or disbursements of the proceeds of this loan shall be made only by check or order of the Minister of Finance of the Dominican Republic specif. ically reciting the proposed application of the disbursement, such check or order to be countersigned as providing for a proper expenditure by the Minister or Secretary of the Legation of the United States in the Dominican Republic, and by a person designated for this purpose by the Receiver General of Dominican Customs.

You will withhold exchange of notes until a slight modification in the coupon note desired by the National City Bank shall have been cabled to you, today or tomorrow, for your information.

Knox,

File No. 839.51/963.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister.

[Telegram-Paraphrase.]

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, February 27, 1913. The Department is informed that the National City Bank is proposing the following modifications in the text of the loan note and has submitted them to the Dominican Government:

In paragraph 1 after the words “and to pay interest thereon " the paragraph as amended should read “from the date hereof until the principal of this note is paid at the rate of six per centum per annum semiannually on the first days of July and January in each year. Until the maturity of this note such interest shall be paid only upon the presentation and surrender of the annexed interest coupons as they severally become payable."

In paragraph 3 after the words " from 1 to 1500, both inclusive," the paragraph as amended should read “issued in conformity to the Convention between the United States of America and the Dominican Republic ratified July 8, 1907, the payment of the principal

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and interest of which notes is secured by the pledge by the Republic of its customs revenues subject to an existing charge thereon securing the $20,000,000 Five per cent Customs Administration Sinking Find Gold Loan of the Republic under and pursuant to the terms of the said convention between the United States of America and the Dominican Republic." And so on.

You may proceed with the exchange of the diplomatic notes as instructed, when these modifications have been agreed upon by the Republic and the Bank.

Kxox.

File No. 839.51/967.

The American Chargé d'Affaires to the Secretary of State.

[Telegram---Paraphrase.)

AMERICAN LEGATION.

Santo Domingo, March 6, 1913. The Minister exchanged notes with the Minister for Foreign Affairs on March 1 and has taken an original of the loan contract to you. Claims are being presented for payment, as the matter is considered to be settled.

CURTIS.

File No. 839.51/967.

The Secretary of State to the Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, March 10, 1913. Sir: I have the honor to inform you that on March 1, 1913, the Minister for Foreign Affairs for the Dominican Republic addressed a note to the American Minister at Santo Domingo City, enclosing a copy of a contract made with the National City Bank of New York providing for a loan to the Dominican Republic of $1,500,000, and officially asked that the Government of the United States agree to the proposed increase of the Dominican public debt as provided in the Convention of February 8, 1907, between the two Governments, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs informed the American Minister that the Dominican Government agreed that the proceeds of the loan should be disbursed subject to such supervision as the Government of the United States might indicate.

The American Minister in acknowledging this note informed the Minister for Foreign Affairs, pursuant to the instructions of this Department, that:

The Government of the United States, pursuant to the terms of the Conven. tion between the United States and the Dominican Republic of February S, 1907, hereby agrees with the Government of the Dominican Republic that the Government of the Dominican Republic may increase its public debt to the amount of one million five hundred thousand dollars in accordance with the terms of the proposed contract with the National City Bank of New York, a copy of which has been transmitted to this Legation; provided, however, that all advances or disbursements of the proceeds of this loan shall be made only by check or order of the Minister of Finance of the Dominican Republic specifically reciting the proposed applieation of the disbursement, such check or order to be countersigned as providing for a proper expenditure by the Minister or Secretary of the Legation of the United States in the Dominican Republic, and by a person designated for this purpose by the Receiver General of Dominican Customs.

In view of the above, I have the honor to request that the appropriate telegraphic instructions be issued to the Receiver General of Dominican Customs.

The Department is now informed that the American Minister is bringing to the United States with him true copies of the correspondence exchanged between the Dominican Foreign Office and the American Legation, as well as a true copy of the loan contract as signed. So soon as these documents are received by the Department copies will be transmitted to you for your files. Meanwhile I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of the contract and of the coupon note' as they appear to be from information before this Department. I have [etc.]

W. J. BRYAN.

ARBITRATION OF THE BOUNDARY DISPUTE BETWEEN THE

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND HAITI. GOOD OFFICES OF THE UNITED STATES.?

File No. 738.3915/188.

The Minister of the Dominican Republic to the Secretary of State.

[Translation.]

DOMINICAN LEGATION,

Washington, January 31, 1913. MR. SECRETARY: I have the honor to send you herewith a copy of the note' I wrote today to his excellency Sr. Solon Ménos, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Haiti, and of the new draft protocol that I have submitted to his attention.

On the assumption that the Haitian Government will cooperate with the Dominican Government in expediting the proceedings necessary to a prompt arbitral decision, the said draft protocol contains a proposition contractually to accept the provisional [boundary] line between the Dominican and Haitian Republics adopted by the Government of the United States of America on September 24 lasta pending a decision of the Arbitral Tribunal as to what the final boundary line is to be. I am complying with my instructions in saying to you that this conditional acquiescence—which is given because the Dominican Government is convinced of the absolute necessity of adopting a frontier if cordiality is to be maintained in the relations of the neighboring peoples, and is satisfied that nothing but a profound desire for peace prompted the Government of the United States to adopt the said line-does not imply a renunciation of the territories in dispute on the part of the Dominican Republic, ror an acknowledgment that it did not possess in January 1911 the

. For. Rel. 1912, p. 368.

Vot printed.
* Continued from For. Rel, 1912, pp. 380-387.

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