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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

Panama,   pp. 679-696 PDF (5.6 MB)


Page 679

PANAMA
APPOINTMENT OF AN AMERICAN FISCAL AGENT AND OF AN
AMERICAN INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE
819.00/707
The Secretary of State to the Secretary of War (Baker)
WASHINGTON, August 28,1918.
SIR: I have the honor to inform you that I am in receipt of a
despatch dated July 15, 1918, from the American Legation at Panama
City, in which the Legation suggests the advisability of preparing
for introduction in the National Assembly of Panama at its session
beginning in September, drafts of bills providing for the following
objects: (1) The appointment of an American Police Commissioner
who shall have full power to control, instruct, and guard the police
force of the Republic and (2), The appointment of an American
Fiscal Agent who shall have control and charge of the National
Treasury.'
If you approve these suggestions, I beg to request you to be so
good as to instruct Judge Frank Feuille,2 who is familiar with the
laws of Panama, and has ready access to them, to prepare drafts of
the legislation suggested, and to submit the drafts to your Depart-
ment and this Department for their consideration.
I have [etc.]
For the Secretary of State:
ALvEY A. ADEE
Second Assistant Secretary of State
819.00/782
The Secretary of State to the Panaman Minister (Porras)
WASHINGTON, September 28, 1918.
SIR: Your friendly note of September 16, 1918, reciting certain
matters in which you intend particularly to interest yourself has
been read with the deepest interest.  It is a source of regret that the
1 In the despatch, which is not printed, the Minister added: "These
two
radical reforms, I understand, have long been desired by the Department of
State."
2 Special attorney for the Panama Canal.
'Note not printed; Dr. Porras had been elected first designate to finish
the
term of President Valdez of Panama.
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