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Venezuela,   pp. 1636-1647 PDF (5.0 MB)

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                             NIo. 1114.
                     Mr. Scott to Mr. Bayard.
No. 187.]                LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
            Cardeas, September 3, 1887. (Received September 21.)
  SIR: I have received information from a reliable source that Vene-
zuela contemplated closing her porta against Curagao for a supposed
grievance sustained in the latter harboring Venezuelan refugees, and
permitting them to issue publications assailing the character of General
Guzman. Blanco, President of Venezuela.
  It seems that about the first of August last the Venezuelan Govern-
ment asked the Curagao Government that the three Venezuelan refu-
gees, Silva, Goda, and Diaz, now residing in Curagao, should be expelled
from the island, and this demand was accompanied by the declaration
"4 that should no attention be paid to it the Government of Venezuela
would be obliged to suspend all sort of commercial relations between
its territory and that of the neighboring Dutch colonies."
  Governor Van der Prandhoff, of Curagao, replied to this demand
of Venezuela in a courteous and moderate manner, stating "that Cura-
├Żao had never been wanting in its international relations with the
public of Venezuela, and that in regard to the publications of Silva
and Diaz, although insulting towards the President of the Republic of
Venezuela they could not be considered as calculated to create a revo-
lution in Venezuela, nor as likely, in any respect, to disturb the pease
of the country; that, in accordance with the penal code of the colony of
Curagao, the President could bring a suit against them for these publi-
cations, but they in no wise made them liable to expulsion. That in
regard to the arguments on the obligations imposed by international
laws, the governor says that the colony of Curagao has in no wise
been wanting in its international obligations, and considers and treats
Venezuela as a neighboring friend, with whom it desires to live in per-
fect harmony, and to whom it will always extend the most cordial
treatment. That, acting on this principle, measures had already been
taken to put an end to the lampoons of Silva, Diaz, and others, which
he, the governor, entirely disapproved;; but that, on the other hand, he
thought he had a right to expect the reciprocal courtesy due by one
state to another, and more especially that the Government of Vene-
zuela should neither put forward nor insist upon demands which were
perfectly untenable before modern international law, and which the
government of the colony can not comply with;" but, that while he is
obliged to refuse compliance with the demand of Venezuela as regards
Silva and Diaz, the governor acknowledges that Goda, whose case had
been carefully examined, is by his own declaration before the attorney-
general of the colony differently situated, and had been accordingly
ordered to leave the island before the 1st of September next, and would
have been so ordered previous to the demand of Venezuela for his ex-

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