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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90

Paraguay,   pp. 1346-1358 PDF (5.9 MB)

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                               iNo. 907.
                      Mr. Bacon to Mr. Bayard.
 No. 193.]                  LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
               ilfontevideo, October 19, 1887. (Rec ived Decemb r 5.)
   SiR: I had the honor to inclose with my No. 176, dated August 19
 last, the original protocol in re "The United States and Paraguayan
 Navigation Company," entered into by his excellency Dr. Don Ben-
 jamin Aceval, minister for foreign affairs for Paraguay, and myself, as
 chargd d'affaires, whereby Paraguay was to pay $90,000 in gold.
   In my dispatch I stated that the protocol had been submitted to the
 Paraguayan Congress for approval, and that I[ would advise the De-
 partment of the action of that body as soon as received. Mr. Hopkins,
 the agent of the said company, has just returned from Asuncion, and
 informs me that the protocol passed the senate without opposition and
 went to'the house (chamber of deputies), where it met with the fiercest
 opposition. This occasioned delay, and gave the opponents of the
 Government time to marshal th~eir forces and prepare their ammuni-
 tion, which was most admirably done. The result was the refusal by the
 chamber of deputies (house) to approve the protocol by only one vote.
   While writing I have received two dispatches from Asuncion, one
 of them (copies in Spanish and English sent herewith, and marked, re-
 spectively, inclosures Nos. 2 and 3) advising me of the rejection by the
 chamber of deputies of the protocol, and the other of the resignation
 of Mr. Aceval.
   You will perceive that the minister for foreign affairs ad interim, in
his note announcing the fact, deplores the"failure of the chamber to
approve the protocol.
   The present status of the claim is as follows: The protocol rejected
 by one vote in the house, having passed the senate without opposi-
 tion. This leaves the whole 'hatter unsettled, the award having been
 opened. This was all that the Department 'asked in No. 12, dated De-
 cember 26, 1885.
   I regret exceedingly the defeat of this protocol, which I had suc-
 ceeded in obtaining with so much difficulty and labor.
   I console myself, however, to a certain extent, by the fact that even
 according to the extracts from the opposition journals my official con-
 nection therewith has been unusually successful. With the action of the
 chambers, of course, I had nothing to do.
   It is a matter of consolation also that, notwithstanding the dtqfeat of
the protocol by the Paraguayan Congress, the award stands open, and
that by reason of the acknowledgment of the clainm and the agreement
in the protocol to pay $90,000 in gold the present administration and

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