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CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF OCCUPATION OF VERA CRUZ,

MEXICO

MESSAGE

FROM

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

TRANSMITTING

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE WITH AN ACCOMPANY. ING LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU OF THE BUDGET, RESPECTING CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF THE OCCUPATION OF VERA CRUZ, MEXICO, BY AMERICAN FORCES IN 1914, AND RECOMMENDING THE AUTHORIZATION OF AN APPROPRIATION OF $45,518.69 IN SETTLEMENT THEREOF

JANUARY 4, 1928.—Read; referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

and ordered to be printed

To the Congress of the United States:

I transmit herewith a report by the Secretary of State requesting the submission anew to the present Congress of the matter of the claims arising out of the occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, by American forces in 1914, which formed the subject of a report made by the Secretary of State to the President on February 5, 1926, and my message to the Congress dated February 6, 1926, which comprise Senate Document No. 49, Sixty-ninth Congress, first session, a copy of which is furnished for the convenient information of the Congress.

I renew the recommendation originally made by President Harding that in order to effect a settlement of these claims the Congress, as an act of grace, and without reference to the legal liability of the United States in the premises, authorize an appropriation in the sum of $45,518.69, and I bring the matter anew to the attention of the present Congress, in the hope that the action recommended may receive favorable consideration.

CALVIN COOLIDGE. THE White House, January 4, 1928.

The PRESIDENT:

In February, 1924, the Secretary of State reported to you concerning claims against the United States arising out of the occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, by American forces in 1914, and requested that you recommend to the Congress the adoption of the findings of the naval board in the settlement of these claims, as indicated in the report, and the appropriation of the sum of $34,214.89 in payment of the awards rendered by that board and to cover indemnity to Valentin Perez and to compensate the claimants for the value of liquors destroyed under military orders, and also the sum of $11,303.80 approved by the Secretary of War as an adequate payment in satisfaction of the claim of the Vera Cruz Terminal Co. (Lid.).

This report was transmitted to Congress by you on February 7, 1924, with the recommendation that in order to effect a settlement of these claims in accordance with the recommendation of the Secretary of State, the Congress, as an act of grace, and without reference to the legal liability of the United States in the premises, authorizes an appropriation in the sum of $45,518.69. This recommendation and the report of the Secretary of State mentioned, with its accompanying papers, comprise Senate Document No. 33, Sixty-eighth Congress, first session, copies of which are inclosed for your full information.

It appearing that final action was not taken on this recommendation by the Sixty-eighth Congress, and fully concurring in the report and request of the Secretary of State, I beg to suggest the submission of the matter anew to the consideration of the present Congress.

It will be observed from the inclosed communiction from the Bureau of the Budget, to whom the matter was referred, that the proposed action is not inconsistent with the financial program of the Government. Respectfully submitted.

FRANK B. KELLOGG. DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, February 5, 1926.

BUREAU OF THE BUDGET,

Washington, January 11, 1926. MY DEAR MR. SECRETARY: I have your letter of January 8, 1926, inclosing copy of a proposed report to the President recommending that Congress be requested to authorize an appropriation of $45,518.69 for the settlement of claims of foreign nationals arising out of the occupation by the American forces of Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1914, and asking whether the proposed action is in harmony with the financial policy of the President.

It affords me pleasure to advise you that the proposed request for legilslation authorizing an appropriation of $45,518.69 for the purpose stated is not in conflict with the financial program of the Pesident. Sincerely yours,

H. M. LORD, Director. The SECRETARY OF STATE.

[Senate Document No. 33, Sixty-eighth Congress, first session]

CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF THE OCCUPATION OF VERA

CRUZ

MESSAGE

FROM

THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,

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A REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE REQUESTING SUBMISSION TO THE PRESENT CONGRESS, CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF THE OCCUPATION OF VERA CRUZ, MEXICO, BY THE AMERI. CAN FORCES IN 1914 AND REQUESTING LEGISLATION FOR AN APPROPRIATION TO PAY THE SAME.

FEBRUARY 7, 1924.- Read; referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations and

ordered to be printed.

To the Congress of the United States:

I transmit herewith a report by the Secretary of State requesting the submission anew to the present Congress of the matter of the claims arising out of the occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, by American forces in 1914, which formed the subject of a report made by the Acting Secretary of State to the President in September, 1922, and a message of President Harding to Congress dated September 14, 1922, which comprise Senate Document No. 252, Sixty-seventh Congress, second session, copies of which are furnished for the convenient information of the Congress.

Concurring in the recommendation made by President Harding, that in order to effect a settlement of these claims, the Congress as an act of grace and without reference to the legal liability of the United States in the premises, authorize an appropriation in the sum of $45,518.69, I bring the matter anew to the attention of the present Congress, in the hope that the action recommended may receive favorable consideration.

CALVIN COOLIDGE. The WHITE HOUSE,

Washington, February 7, 1924.
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The PRESIDENT:

In September, 1922, the Acting Secretary of State reported at length to the President concerning claims against the United States arising out of the occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, by American forces in 1914, and requested that the President recommend to the Congress the adoption of the findings of the naval board in the settlement of these claims, as indicated in the report, and the appropriation of the sum of $34,214.89 in payment of the awards rendered by that board, and to cover indemnity to Valentin Perez and to compensato the claimants for the value of liquors destroyed under military orders, and also the sum of $11,303.80 approved by the Secretary of War as an adequate payment in satisfaction of the claim of the Vera Cruz Terminal Co. (Ltd.).

This report was transmitted to Congress by the President on September 14, 1922, with the recommendation that in order to effect a settlement of these claims in accordance with the recommendation of the Acting Secretary of State, the Congress, as an act of grace, and without reference to the legal liability of the United States in the premises, authorize an appropriation in the sum of $45,518.69. This recommendation of President Harding and the report of the Acting Secretary of State mentioned, with its accompanying papers, comprise Senate Document No. 252, Sixty-seventh Congress, second session, copies of which are inclosed for the President's full information.

It appearing that no action was taken on this recommendation by the Sixty-seventh Congress, and fully concurring in the report and request of the Acting Secretary of State, I beg to suggest the submission of the matter new to the consideration of the present Congress.

It will be observed from the inclosed communication from the Bureau of the Budget, to whom the matter was referred, that the proposed action is not inconsistent with the financial program of the Government. Respectfully submitted.

CHARLES E, HUGHES. DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, February 4, 1924.

BUREAU OF THE BUDGET,

Washington, December 20, 1923. DEAR MR. SECRETARY: I have your letter of December 19, inclosing & copy of Senate Document No. 252 of the Sixty-seventh Congress, second session, containing a report to the President recommending that Congress be requested to authorize an appropriation for the settlement of claims of foreign nationals arising out of the occupation by the American forces of Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1914, and asking whether the proposed action is in harmony with the financial policy of the President.

It gives me pleasure to advise you that the proposed request for legislation authorizing an appropriation for the purpose stated is not in conflict with the financial program of the President. Sincerely yours,

H. M. LORD, Director. TILE SECRETARY of STATE.

Senate Document No. 252, Sixty-seventh Congress, second session

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,

TRANSMITTING

A REPORT FROM THE ACTING SECRETARY OF STATE, TOGETHER WITH A LETTER FROM THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE BUREAU OF THE BUDGET, RESPECTING THE CLAIMS OF NATIONALS OF SPAIN, FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, ITALY, CUBA, AND THE UNITED STATES ARISING OUT OF THE OCCUPATION BY THE AMERICAN FORCES OF VERA CRUZ, MEXICO, IN 1914.

SEPTEMBER 14, 1922.—Read; referred to the Committee on Appropriations and

ordered to be printed.

To the Senate and House of Representatives:

I transmit herewith a report respecting claims of the nationals of Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Cuba, and the United States arising out of the occupation by the American forces of Vera Cruz, Mexico, in 1914, with a request that the findings of the naval board in the settlement of these claims, as indicated therein, be adopted, and that the Congress authorize the appropriation of the sum necessary to pay the awards rendered by that board, to cover an indemnity to Valentin Perez and to compensate the claimants for the value of liquors destroyed under military orders, and also the sum approved by the Secretary of War as an adequate payment in satisfaction of the claims of the Vera Cruz Terminal Co. (Ltd.).

I recommend that, in order to effect a settlement of these claims in accordance with the recommendation of the Acting Secretary of State, the Congress, as an act of grace, and without reference to the legal liability of the United States in the premises, authorize an appropriation in the sum of $45,518.59.

WARREN G. HARDING. THE WHITE HOUSE, September 14, 1922.

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