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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the fiftieth Congress, 1888-'90

Central America,   pp. 77-171 PDF (40.3 MB)

Page 77

                    CENTRAL AMERICA.
                               No. 65.
                       Mr. Hall to Mr. Bayard.
                                       IN CENTRAL AxERICA,
     Managua, Nicaragua, August 22, 1887. (Received September 13.)
   SIR: I have the honor to inclose a translation of a telegram, received
 at La"Libertad, from the minister for foreign affairs of Salvador,
and a
 copy of one which I addressed to you at his request from the same
 place. These telegrams relate to a, claim of the Government of Italy
 against that of Salvador, arising from a sale of the Government print-
 ing establishment made by the late president Zaldivar to an Italian
   The transaction took place over two years ago, and soon after Zaldi-
 var had left the country the courts declared the sale illegal and void,
 and the property was restored to the Government; the matter has ever
 since been the, subject of diplomatic correspondence.
   About three months ago the charge d'affaires of Italy informed me
that he had instructions from his Government to consult with me in
regard to this claim; he did not, however and I did not, consider it
necessary to report the incident to the Department. About the same
time the Government of Salvador instructed its representative in Paris
to settle the claim, if possible, through the medium of the Italian min-
ister at the same place, and negotiations with that object have been go-
ing on for several days, but thus far with no prospect of a satisfactory
   Under the circumstances above mentioned the Government of Salva-
 dor appeals to that of the United States, and asks that its mediation be
 offered to Italy for a settlement of the claim. The minister for foreign
 affairs and the president of Salvador expressed to me an earnest desire
 for such mediation and their willingness to abide by the decision of the
 United States, whatever it might be.
   Should the negotiations pending in Paris fail, as it is believed they
 will, the mediation of the United States would be very grateful to Sal-
 vador. I understand that the claim for the property and damages
 amounts to two million francs.
       I have, etc.,
                                                 HENRY C. HALL.
                  [Inciosure 1 in No. 698.-Translation.-Telegram.]
                        Seior Delgado to Mr. Hall.
                                         SAN SALVADOR, AuguSt 16, 1887.
  Circumstances independent of my will prevented my seeing you yesterday.
     hope you will send your Government a cable message to the tenor of what

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