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Peru,   pp. 504-520 PDF (7.7 MB)


Page 504


  504                        FOREIGN    RELATIONS.
  lows a literal repetition of the contents of my note.) I laid your dispatch
before the
  President of the republic, and was ordered to thank you for your good offices
in the
  matter. The conduct of Captain Douglas, who, from the fact that he entered
into inde-
  pendent contracts on new steamer lines, was considered to have left the
company's ser-
  vice, had indeed caused surprise, not alone in Nicaragua, but also in the
neighboring
  republics, for his open participation, by carrying elements of war to the
rebels, who
  were devastating the country. The government was engaged in collecting
all proofs
  in the case, with a view to remonstrate against the conduct of the employes
of the
  company, but jhe measure it has taken in order to prove its neutrality
dispenses the
  government from taking further steps.
    If, during the revolutionary movements in other republics, the good faith
and strict
  neutrality of the Panama Railroad Company has been donbted, the government
is
  ignorant of the causes. So far as regards Nicaragua, the conduct of Captain
Douglas
  furnishes cause for just incriminations, which the company, by dismissing
him from
  service, has dispensed.
                                                                TOMAS AYON.
   The foregoing are true copies and translation.
                                                                C. N. RIOTTE.
                                        D.
                       Air. A. T. A. Torbet to Mr. C. N. JRiotte.
                                             UNITED STATES LEGATION,
                                                 San Salvador, 1eebruary
21, 1870.
   Sip.     +     +          Will you unite with the rest of the ministers
in Central
 America to press upon the home Government the importance of having a naval
station
 in the Bay of Fonseca, on Tigre Island? We have no station between San Francisco
 and Panama, and the place I name is the best harbor between the two places,
and con-
 venient to all the republics; and for various natural reasons the presence
of one of our
 ships of war is constantly needed in Central American waters. I think the
best thing
 would be for the United States to get possession or control of Tigre Island.
   I have written to Baxter by this mail. I was in Gautemala last week and
had a
 talk with Mr. Hudson, and he will urge this point on the Government. Let
me hear
 from you.
                                                           A. T. A. TORBERT.
                                       E.
                       Mr. C. r. Biotle to Mir. A. T. A. Torbert.
                                      UNITEDSSTATES LEGATION, NICARAGUA,
              I                                         Leon, .ebruary 26,
1870.
   SIR:   +         *    I have received your note of the 21st instant, and
will not
 omit to call the attention of the Department of State to the important subject
therein
 mentioned. During the last trying six months I seriously felt the absence
of a national
 vessel, which I was unable to have sent here in spite of repeated requests
on my part.
                                                                C. N. RIOTTE.
   These are correct copies.
                                                                C. N. RIOTTE.
                                  PERU.
                                  No. 296.
                      Mr. Alvin P. Hovey to Mr. Fish.
No. 230.]                       LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                  Jima, Peru, August 22, 1870.      (Received October 14.)
   Sin: As by this time you will have received my resignation as envoy
extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of
America near the government of the republic of Peru, I deem it to bo
my duty to lay before the Department of State a short outline of my


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