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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 2, 1902
(1902)

Colombia,   pp. 284-319 PDF (2.6 MB)


Page 284

284COLOMBIA. 
SEIZURE OF VESSELS OF AND ALLEGED DISCRIMINATIONS 
AGAINST AMERICAN ENTERPRISES IN COLOMBIA. 
Air. Hay to Aft. Hart. 
[Telegram.—Paraphrase.] 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
Washington, January 22, 1902. 
 (Mr. Hay states that it has been represented to the United States Government
that the Colombian Government has seized the vessels of the Compaflia Fluvial
de Cartagena and also that it has discriminated against the company in the
matter of navigation regulations, sailing permits, and government competition.
Mr. Hart is instructed to bring the matter to the attention of the Colombian
Government and say that an immediate restitution of the property, with full
indemnity for damages caused by illegal acts of Colombian authorities toward
said company, is requested by the Government of the United States. 
 That it has also been represented that the Colombian Government fails to
afford reasonable protection to the Cartagena-Magdalena Railroad Company
and its warehouses, and that the Government interferes with employees of
the company and impresses them into the service of the Government, and that
it discriminates against the company in respect to its traffic. 
 That it has also been represented by the Cartagena Terminal and Improvement
Conipany that the Colombian Government discriminates in the administration
of law against it by requiring payment of port and light-house dues in gold
at Cartagena and not at other ports. 
 Mr. Hart is directed to immediately bring these matters to the attention
of the Colombian Government and to request just treatment of the American
companies mentioned above.) 
Air. Hart to Air. bia-y. 
[Telegram.—Paraphrase.] 
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Bogota, February 1, 1902. 
 (Mr. Hart acknowledges the receipt of the Department's telegram of January
22, and requests instructions as to amount of indemnity to be demanded of
the Colombian Government. .m. * 


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