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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States with the address of the president to Congress December 2, 1913

Haiti,   pp. 573-589 PDF (5.7 MB)

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 1 Not printed. 2Ante.HAITI. 
File No. 838.111/149. 
The American Minister to the Secretary of State. 
Port an Prince, November 10, 1913. 
 SIR: Referring to the Department's despatch No. 5 of October 25, 1913, regarding
the case of Daniel John I have the honor to report as follows: 
 Daniel John was naturalized an American citizen July 17, 1906. He arrived
ill Haiti July 24, 1906, and commenced business during the same year. 
 Upon reading over the correspondence of this Legation, I find that an agreement
wasentered into between this Legation and the Haitian Government whereby
all American citizens of Syrian origin who were naturalized and in business
in Haiti before tile promulgation. in 1904, of the Syrian Exclusion Act of
1903, would be exempt from the provisions of the Act. 
 Subsequently the Haitian Government discovered that Mr. John did ilot come
within tile provisiollsof tile agreement and so informed this Legation, which
in turn advised Mr. John. 
 Mr. John then requested the Legation to procure for him a reasonable delay
Witilin which he could liquidate his business, and he finally said that he
would be willing to retire from Haiti by October 31st if he were granted
a license to that time. At the request of this Legation the Haitian Govermnent
agreed to this, provided Mr. John would lut ill writing that he would retire
within tile time stated. Mr. John furnisiled tile necessary agreement copy
of which is herewith enclosed.1 The Legation forwarded this agreement to
the Haitian Governmeiit and the license was issued for the fiscal year ending
October 31, 1913. Further reference to this will be found in my predecessor's
despatch 2 to the Department No. 1280 of September 16, 1913. It will be noted
also in this clespa~ch that, on account of certain difficulties experienced
by Mr. John since receiving ilis license, and his agreeing to liquidate by
October 31, 1913, at the request of this Legation a further delay was granted
for the liquidation, said delay to expire November 30, 1913. 
 Sub~equently it appeared that the authorities at St. Marc had hot beell
advised as to this last delay and Mr. Joilil's attention was called to the
fact, by tile Communal Commission at St. Marc, that it was expected that
he would close his establishment and leave the country by September 30, 1913.
Mr. John made representation as to the matter to this Legation, and tile
atteiltion of the Haitian Government was called to it under date of October
6, 1913. The Haitian Government replied under date of October 8, 1913, that
the necessary instructions would be forwarded to the Communal Commission
at St. Marc which would enable Mr. John to take advantage of the new delay
which had been granted him. Mr. John was advised of tilis under date of October
9, 1913. Copies of this correspondence are herewith enclosed.1 
 Referring to the latter part of the Department's instructions No. 5,~ regarding
the enforcement Of the law of 1903 with respect to Syrians 

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