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Haiti,   pp. 760-853 PDF (33.4 MB)

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838.51/947: Telegram
The Minister in Haiti (Bailly-Blanchard) to the Secretary of Statc
PORT AU PRINCE, August 21, 1920-2 p.m.
[Received August 22-5:20 p.m.]
54. My 53, August 20th. There appeared in the public press
yesterday evening August 20th, an arrete, same date, of the President
calling an extra session of the Council of State to meet on Monday
September 6th. In view of the action of the Government as detailed
in above mentioned cable I called upon the President this morning
and asked for an explanation of his action in issuing the call. He
replied he had made call for the purpose of submitting to the Council
of State the note verbale and on my inquiry as to whether or not he
would obligate his Government to put through the program at this
special session, he replied that he would not obligate his Government
in any way. Further stated [that if] the Council of State was paid
for the month of July he would revoke his call. Because of this
refusal of the Government to assume the obligation of enacting the
complete program it is my purpose to call upon the President on
Monday the 23rd, and notify him that I shall not authorize the
payment of the salaries of the Council of State as such payment was
conditional upon Haitian Government obligating itself to carry out
the program as an evidence of their frank and full cooperation.
The Haitian Charge (Blanchet) to the Secretary of State
[Translation ]
WASHINGTON, August 23, 1920.
MR. SECRETARY OF STATE: In compliance with instructions received
from my Government, I have the honor to transmit to Your Excel-
lency the following note:
" The American Minister delivered to the President of Haiti a
note verbale in which, after discussing Article 5 of the Treaty of
September 16, 1915 which does not come into consideration since the
expenses of the Government are paid in accordance with the Budget
as passed, he says that the Department of State has instructed him
that he may as a matter of courtesy cause the salaries of the President
of the Republic and members of the Government to be paid, and
that he is ready to carry out the suggestion provided the Haitian
Government will bind itself immediately to meet fifteen conditions,
some of which are impossible of execution.

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