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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
(1888-1889)

Colombia,   pp. 405-432 PDF (11.1 MB)


Page 432


432                     FOREIGN RELATIONS.
  The effect of excluding American citizens from the free and equal
opportunity to carry on "unlimited trade "would not be merely to
nul-
lify the most favored nation clause of the treaty. It would be a most
unfriendly and destructive act against the citizens of a friendly power,
the beneficial effect of whose prompt action on so recent an occasion
Colombia has attested by her expressions of thanks.
  It is the duty of Colombia to protect against extortion or unequal
treatment American citizens who have carried their capital and prop-
ertyto Panama and invested them permanently under the guardianship
of her laws. The United States look for a generous and friendly con-
struction of treaty obligations and of the duties of international comity
towards their citizens in Colombia, and have a light to expect it.
  It is believed that these representations being frankly and distinctly
made, will iuffice to prevent disfavor being shown to the Boston Ice
Company, which has been so especially useful to citizens and travelers
in Panama, and it is hoped that you will receive assurances which will
relieve this Government of all further apprehensions of such injurious
results.
  In this way it is believed that the necessity of a formal protest will
be obviated. The United States should not be compelled to proceed
further in vindication of the rights of its citizens to just and friendly
treatment, and the Department entertains no doubt that when the at-
tentioq of the Government of Colombia is called to the true nature of
the case, it will afford prompt relief.
      I am, etc.,
                                                   T. F. BAYARD.


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