Microfilm Reel 288, File 612, "Haiti"

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All the microfilm scans from the file number 612, "Haiti," on reel 288 from the Executive Office files of the Woodrow Wilson Papers, series 4 in the Library of Congress finding aid.

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6 Port au Prince, Dec. 12, 1914.

United States should it desire. B. Settlement at the earliest possible moment by arbitral commission appointed in accordance with commercial law of Haiti of all questions pending between the United States Legation at Port au Prince and the Department of Foreign Affairs of Haiti.

Nine. Good offices of the United States to Haiti to secure modification of contract between Haitian Government and Bank.

Convention to continue in force for a period of (blank) years from and after its ruling by the contracting parties in accordance with their respective laws.

The bill for the issue of sixteen million paper money has passed the Chamber of Deputies and has been sent to the Senate and by it referred to its finance committee. I now learn that Dr. Edmond Heraux has been appointed Minister of Finance vice Montreuil resigned and Louis Borno has been appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs vice Justin resigned. Borno Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister to Dominican Republic under President Nord Alexis.

BLANCHARD.

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The enclosed has my entire approval

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The Bank removed a half-million dollars in gold from the vaults and took it to New York on a U.S. Government ship recently; and the Haytien Government has been trying to get hold of the rest of the money in the Bank. The financial affairs of the country are in bad shape.

I am sending you a copy of the contract which the Bank made with the Government from which you will see that the Bank receives certain exclusive privileges. The Government is threatening to do things in violation of this contract, having already authorized an issue of money, which is contrary to the contract of the Bank. The Bank is attempting to secure some settlement and these negotiations are now going on.

We have instructed the Minister there, Bailly-Blanchard, to look after the protection of the lives of Americans and other foreigners employed in the Bank.

I enclose, with the Bank contract, a memorandum stating what the Bank would like to have done. I believe that there will be no peace and progress in Hayti until we have some such arrangement as we have in Santo Domingo, and, as you remember, we have proposed that to them but have not felt like compelling acceptance of the plan. There is probably sufficient ground for intervention, but I do not like the idea of forcible interferance on purely business grounds.

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I would like to know how far you think we ought to go in foreing the Bank's views and interests. If the revolution proceeds it may reach a point where we can propose a plan similar to that adopted in Santo Domingo - namely, send a Commission down there to bring the leaders together into agreement upon a provisional President, with a view of holding an election to be supervised by us - the choice of the people to be recognized and supported, as in Santo Domingo.

This, to be effective, would have to be accompanied by some agreement in regard to customs which seem to be the source of trouble, because an insurrection always aims at the control of as many custom houses as possible, for from these they draw their revenue.

I thought while you were on the train you might find time to read over the enclosures and form an opinion as to the course to be pursued. The success of this Government's efforts in Santo Domingo would, it seems to me, suggest the application of the same methods to Hayti whenever the time is ripe.

The morning paper reports that the Mole St. Nicholas is being used by Germans as a base of supplies. We have not received direct word of this from our Minister. If word is received I take it for granted it will be necessary for us to make some urgent representations and possibly ask for the control of Mole St. Nicholas during the war.

Wishing you

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