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Haiti,   pp. 760-853 PDF (33.4 MB)

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matter. You are instructed in the future to keep the Department
informed, daily if necessary, of all developments in the present sit-
uation which will assist the Department in forming an opinion as
to the policy which it is necessary to pursue in view of the antag-
onistic attitude of the Haitian Government, but Department must
insist that you take no further action which is likely to commit this
Government or to prevent the Department from acting freely on its
own judgment of the situation, without previous instructions. The
Department desires you to cable at once by what authority under
existing Treaty rights you have instructed the Financial Adviser
to suspend payment of the salaries of the President and other
officials of the Haitian Government.
838.516/147: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Minister in Haiti (Bailly-Blanchard)
WASHNGTON, August 7, 1920-4 p.m.
61. Your August 5, noon, and Department's August 6, 6 p.m.
If suspension of payment salaries President, Secretaries of State
and members Council of State has not yet become effective, or if
these officials have not yet been notified that this measure has al-
ready been taken, Department desires you to limit your action
to a threat to suspend payment or a declaration of your intention
to suspend payment upon ratification of this step by Department.
Advise Department if this change can now be made.
838.002/86: Telegram
The Minister in Haiti (Bailly-Blanchard) to the Secretary of State
PORT AU PRINCE, August 9, 1920-10 a.m.
[Received August 10-5:46 p.m.]
47. Department's 58, August 5th, 5 p.m. Report erroneous, no
demand made for resignation Cabinet. Stated to the President
that Haitian Government must work in accord with the United
States Government for the attainment of the aims of the treaty and
that such members of the Government as failed to do so should be
replaced by others who would. President then stated that it was
not the ministers but that it was the entire Government. He abso-
lutely refused to take action to repeal law on ownership of real
property in Haiti by resident foreigners or any other matters desired
by the American Government, [stating?] that he had felt that this
situation was bound to arrive sooner or later.

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