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Haiti,   pp. 760-853 PDF (33.4 MB)

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budget until certain matters, without stating which, had been settled.
Upon the Minister of Finance's inquiry, the Financial Adviser let
it be known that the main matter was the prohibition of gold impor-
tation into Haiti. The Government refuses to take such a measure,
which would constitute a danger and might cause grave injury, and
the British Legation protested against such a law in two communi-
cations. The Financial Adviser is supported in his attitude by the
American Minister and the Chief of the Occupation, who called at
the National Palace to demand that the Government pass a law
prohibiting the importation of American gold, and moreover to
demand the repeal of the law construing Article 5 of the Constitu-
tion,18 the non-publication of a law relative to the Compensation
Bureau, which was passed in compliance with the Treaty, and also
to demand the dismissal of the Cabinet."
I beg [etc.]                               A. BLANCHET
The Haitian Charge (Blanehet) to the Secretary of State
WASHINGTON, July 30, 1920.
MR. SECRETARY OF STATE: In connection with and as a consequence
of the grave incidents which I have just had the honor to bring to
the notice of the Department of State, my Government directs me
to make known to Your Excellency that the profound sense of its
responsibilities toward the Haitien nation and its earnest desire to
maintain and strengthen the good understanding and spirit of coop-
eration that are so necessary between itself and the representatives
of the Government of the United States to insure a normal and
useful execution of the Treaty of September 16, 1915, and a faithful
observance of the Haitien Constitution, make it its plain duty ur-
gently to ask Your Excellency kindly to institute an investigation
of the facts brought to your notice.
My Government is convinced that a serious investigation immedi-
ately set on foot by special agents appointed for that purpose by
Your Excellency, will not fail to bring out the fact, not only that
the demands of the representatives of the Government of the United
States in Haiti are severe and unwarranted, but also exclude every
possible aid, and hamper the national Government.
My Government is also convinced that Your Excellency will not
fail to appreciate how timely and urgent such investigation will be.
It has, therefore, instructed me to express a firm hope that Your
Excellency in the interest of the Government of the United States
as well as the correctly understood interest of the Republic of Haiti,
would see fit to order that measure of great justice.
I beg [etc.]                               A. BLANCHET
I For text of Haitian Constitution, see Foreign Relations, 1918. p. 487.

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