123R911/115c: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in the Dominican Republic ( Russell )

Department desires information as to present practice regard to Provost Courts, extent of control of censorship, and suppression right of assembly. You are instructed, first, to investigate these matters and after having collected all available information to proceed to Washington for consultation. Department considers that it would be advisable for you to be in Washington at same time representative of Military Government is here for Financial Conference January 12.19 If necessary you are authorized to go into interior to collect complete information. Inform Department whether there are any reasons to make your absence from the Legation in January inadvisable.20

Lansing
  1. The Second Pan American Financial Conference; see vol. i, pp. 37 ff.
  2. In a telegram of Dec. 30, the Minister announced that he was sailing that day (File No. 123R911/116).