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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 285

 Air. hay to Air. Hart. 
[Telegram.—Paraphrase.} 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
Washington, February 8,1902. 
 (Mr. Hay directs Mr. Hart, if the facts are as represented in Department's
telegram of January 22 last, to make firm demand, as instructed, without
specifying amount of indemnity, which depends upon further investigation.)
Air. hart to Aft. Hag. 
[Telegram.—Paraphrase. I 
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Bogota, February 10, 1902. 
 (Mr. Hart acknowledges the receipt of Department's telegram of February
8~ and reports that, after receipt of Department's telegram of January 22
last, he at once addressed a note to the Colombian minister for foreign affairs,
following literally those instructions, which note, up to the present time,
is without acknowledgment, probably on account of a change in the ministry
for foreign affairs; another change will be made within a few days, and Mr.
Hart will then press the case from his knowledge of the circumstances; it
is his belief that the facts are as represented; hut the companies' agent
in Colombia is more conversant with the facts, and difficulty of communication
with Cartagena renders impossible any further early investigation from Bogot~.
 Mr. Hart states that he has always understood that the company would not
accept the return of the vessels until the amount of indemnity had been fixed,
and inquires if he is instructed to at once proceed with the demand.) 
Aft. ffay to Jib'. biart. 
[Telegram .—Paraphrase.] 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
T-Ua-sh-ington, February 20, 1902. 
 (Mr. Hay directs Mr. Hart to demand of the Colombian Government immediate
restitution of the vessels of the Fluvial Company of Cartagena, and full
indemnity for damages occasioned by their seizure and use; and also to demand
full indemnity for use of and damages done to the Cartagena-Magdalena Railway
Company.) 
Air. Beaupré to Aft. Hay. 
[Telegram .—Paraphrase.] 
- LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Bogota, Aiay 15, 1902. 
 (Mr. Beaupr~ reports that he has received from the Colombian minister for
foreign affairs a reply concerning the subject-matter of Department's telegram
of January 22, 1902, which reply is as follows: 
 First. The Colombian Government vindicates the right of corn- 


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