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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
(1888-1889)

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


Page 78


FOREIGN RELATIONS.
suggested last night by Dr. Melendez in his conversation with you. My government
trusts also that you will please interpose your good offices with the view
of inducing
the Government of the United States to offer its jnediation to Italy.
      With high, etc.,
                                                     MANUEL DELGADO.
                            [Inclosure 2 in No. 698.1
                          Mr. Hall to Mr. Bayard.
                                [Telegram.]
                                            LA LIBERTAD, SALVADOR,
                                                        Augu8t 17, 1887.
   The Government of Italy is now pressing a heavy claim against the Government
 of Salvador, arising out of Zaldivar's transactions. The Salvadorian Government
 would be extremely grateful if you should offer your mediation to Italy.
Negotia-
 tions pending in Paris are likely to fail.
                                No. 66.
                       Mr. Hall to Mr. Bayard.
No. 709.]    LEGATION OF THE U. S. IN CENTRAL AMERICA,
              Guatemala, September 27, 1887. (Received October 14.)
  SnR: With reference to my dispatch, No. 698, of the 22d ultimo, from
Managua, and to my telegram of the 17th, from La Libertad, relating
to the claim of Italy against Salvador, I have to acknowledge the re-
ceipt of your reply to the latter, dated the 26th of the same month, to
the effect that without more precise knowledge of the grounds of the
Italian claim the Government of the United States hesitates to tender
mediation.
  The foregoing was transmitted to me at Managua and its purport
communicated by me to the minister for foreign affairs of Salvador, who,
in reply, said that he would furnish me with the particulars by next
mail; up to the present, however, I have not received them.
  I have the honor now to inclose a copy of your telegram of the 16th
instant, suggesting thut the Salvadorian Government should sustain
its minister in naming a sum to settle the claim, and if a reasonable
proposal should be rejected by the Italian Government then the good
offices of the United States might be offered.
  Having communicated the purport of the foregoing to the minister of
foreign affairs of Salvador, he replied that his government could not
authorize its minister to offer a specific sum because the account upon
which the claim is based has never been adjusted, and that in this
sense the minister at Paris has been instructed by his government.
  The Italian charge d'affaires ad interim here informs me that his gov-
ernment broke off, some time ago, all negotiations with the Salvadorian
minister at Paris. He also informed me that Signor Sagrini. the claim-
ant, left here for Italy early last month and is no doubt there now, and
further, that a new minister of Italy to Central America would soon
arrive, and that he probably brings instructions respecting the claim,
which in the meantime remains in abeyance.
      I. have, etc.
                                                 HENRY (. HALL,
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