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parts of its territory indicated in my note hereinbefore referred to, of which it is or seems to be dispossessed by the said provisional line adopted by the United States. I avail [etc.]

FRAN'co J. PEINADO.

File No. 738.3915/189.

The Assistant Secretary of War to the Secretary of State.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, February 10, 1913. In reply to your letter of the 28th ultimo?: there are no documentary data on file in the War Department relative to this boundary line; however, it is the opinion of this Department that the thalweg of the Artibonito, Libon, Capotillo and Massacre rivers is indicated by the line shown as the boundary on the map of Haiti and Santo Domingo referred to in your communication. It is the line indicated on the map of Santo Domingo by General Casimiro N. de Moya, a member of the Dominican-Haitian Boundary Commission of 1901, and was the latest obtainable information when the War Department map of Haiti and Santo Domingo was compiled.

ROBERT SHAW OLIVER.

File No. 738.3915/188.

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

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, February 11, 1913. Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 31st ultimo enclosing a copy of a note [etc.]

In reply I have the honor to inform you that your note and its enclosure will receive the Department's consideration. Accept [etc.]

P. C. Knox.

File No. 738.3915/189.

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, February 27, 1913. MY DEAR MR. MINISTER: Referring to your call at this Department in connection with the Haitian-Dominican boundary question and to vour conversation with officers of the Department of [on) this subject, I ave much pleasure in informing you that the Secretary of War, in reply' to a request' for an expression of opinion, states that it is the opinion of his Department that "the thalweg of the Pedernales or Anse river is indicated by the line representing the boundary between Haiti and Santo Domingo. The representation of the boundary on the eastern bank of the river, as shown on the map of Haiti and Santo Domingo mentioned in your communication, was due to the i npracticability of superimposing the convention for the boundary line on the

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single line representing the narrow bed of the river." The map in question is the “ map of Haiti and Santo Domingo prepared by the Second Military Information Division, General Staff, Washington, 1907, and 1908," Monte Cristi sheet number 6 and Barahona sheet number 7.

This Department has also invited an expression of opinion from the War Department as to whether, as in the case of the Pedernales river, the thalweg or one of the banks of the rivers Artibonito, Libon, Capotillo and Massacre is indicated by the line shown as the boundary on the before mentioned map, [and] has in reply been informed by the Secretary of War that it is the opinion of his Department that the thalweg of the Artibonito, Libon, Capotillo and Massacre rivers is i idicated by the line shown as the boundary on the map of Haiti and Santo Domingo referred to in your communication.” I am [etc.]

P. C. Knox.

File No. 738.3915/193.

The Vinister of Haiti to the Chief of the Latin American Division

of the Department of State.

[Translation.)

No. 513.)

HAITIAN LEGATION,

Washington, March 28, 1913. MY DEAR MR. DOYLE: I have the honor to send you herewith a copy of a draft protocol ? that I addressed on the 26th instant to the Dominican Plenipotentiary, which embodies a recasting of the draft of which I informed you, as well as Mr. Francisco J. Peynado, on June 22, 1912.3 I avail [etc.]

SOLON MÉnos.

Note.-Receipt of the foregoing communication was acknowledged by the Department of State on March 29, 1913.

File No. 738.3915/195.

The Chargé d'Affaires of the Dominican Republic to the Secretary

of State.

[Translation.]

DOMINICAN LEGATION,

Washington, July 1, 1913. MR: SECRETARY: I have the honor of sending you herewith ten copies of a map of the Dominican Republic recently published by order of my Government, showing the line adopted by the Government of the United States on September 24, 1912, as the provisional frontier between the Dominican Republic and Haiti pending final arbitral determination of the dividing line. I avail [etc.]

1 See ante.

a Not printed.

: For. Rel. 1912, p. 385.

I. A. CERNUDA.

NOTE.—Receipt of the foregoing communication was acknowledged by the Department of State, with thanks, on July 11, 1913.

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AMERICAN LEGATION,

Santo Domingo, February 11, 1913. A French citizen, arbitrarily expelled from Puerto Plata during the Victoria administration, has filed a claim for damages. The Dominican Government admits the right to damages but thinks the amount claimed exorbitant. The matter is to be submitted to arbitration and the Government requests me to act with the French Minister, we two to select a third arbitrator. I request instruction.

RUSSELL. File No. 123.R911/79. The Secretary of State to the American Minister.

[Telegram-Paraphrase.]

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, February 14, 1913. If you feel disposed to act as arbitrator without compensation, you are authorized to do so.

Knox.

ECUADOR.

RECOGNITION OF PRESIDENT PLAZA BY THE UNITED STATES.

File No. 822.001 P69/3.)

The President to the Constitutional President of Ecuador.

THE WHITE HOUSE,

Washington, January 10, 1913. GREAT AND GOOD FRIEND: I have received your letter of the 20th of September last', in which Your Excellency announced your assumption, on the 30th’ of August last, of the Presidency of the Republic of Ecuador.

I cordially reciprocate the sentiments you express for the continuance of the friendly relations which have heretofore existed between the United States and Ecuador, and I assure Your Excellency of my best wishes for your personal welfare and for the prosperity of the Republic over which you have been called upon to preside. Your Good Friend,

WM. H. TAFT.

MESSAGE OF THE PRESIDENT, GENERAL LEÓNIDAS PLAZA

GUTIÉRREZ, TO THE CONGRESS.

File No. 822.032/11.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.

No. 19.]

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Quito, August 13, 1913. SIR: I have the honor to transmit herewith copies of the Message of the President of the Republic to Congress which was read at the first session on August 10th. The message chiefly draws attention to the reforms begun by General Plaza in the general administration of the country. I have [etc.]

MONTGOMERY SCHUYLER.

(Inclosure-Translation--Extract.')

The Government through the Secretary of State has whenever necessary called to the attention of the [Guayaquil & Quito] Railroad Company the deticiencies and irregularities noticed in its service and has required the discontinuance of illegal conditions authorized or tolerated by preceding administrations. The Company has either aequiesced or failed to respond or alleged rights that the Government, by itself, could not ignore. I believe that the present diffi

1 See For. Rel. 1912, p. 411.

The 31st. * This passage is the only one making reference to the United States, excepting a reference to the acceptance of the American Minister.

culties will continue until they are taken up by the arbitrators contemplated by article 27 of the contract of June 14, 1897, who are to be appointed by the Presidents of Ecuador and the United States of North America.

During the present year we were at one time at the point of organizing the arbitral tribunal, for there appeared in this city Mr. Henry Janes, the arbitrator appointed by the then American President, Mr. Taft. As we, on our part, had appointed Doctor Alfredo Baquerizo Moreno,' the tribunal seemed about to be organized.

It was not so, however. Difficulties arose regarding the constitution of the tribunal and while the discussion of this delicate matter was going on, Mr. Janes suspended his participation and returned to his country. We are, therefore, where we were before; but we hope that the new President of the United States, Mr. Woodrow Wilson, who has so outspokenly proclaimed his intense Pan-American spirit, will soon appoint some one to replace Mr. Janes on the tribunal.

REVOLUTION AT ESMERALDAS; ATTITUDE OF THE UNITED

STATES File No. 822.00/325.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.
[Telegrams- Paraphrases.)

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Quito, December 15, 19131 p. m. Revolutionists at Emeraldas last Friday attacked several launches under Red Cross which contained wounded; Government authorities are taking refuge aboard the Cotopaxi; Emeraldas will be surrendered to the revolutionists; possibility of bombardment and closure of the port. The U. S. transport ship Buffalo is now at Corinto, and I am requested by manager of Central & South American Telegraph Co. to secure an order for the Buffalo to proceed to Esmeraldas, in which request I join.

HARTMAN.

File No. 822.00/324.

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Quito, December 15, 19135 P. m. Since my telegram of 1 o'clock the Minister for Foreign Affairs has confirmed all the statements therein except the possibility of bombardment and actual surrender of Esmeraldas. Ile admits the defeat of the Government forces, of whom [omission] were killed and 130 captured.

HARTMAN.

File No. 822.00/326.

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Quito, December 16, 1913. Bombardment of Esmeraldas is threatened. Presence of the Buffalo would prevent unnecessary destruction of life and property. I again recommend that it proceed to that port.

HARTMAN.

1 For. Rel. 1912, p. 421.

2 Id. 422.

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