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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)


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80                       FOREIGN RELATIONS.
   Similar information had already been received here through the
diplomatic representatives of those Governments at this capital; and
i!i a note to the Costa Rican minister, after acknowledging his upon
that' subject, I have said, "that I thus learn with regret that the
ex-
pected course of directsettlement of the questions between two coun-
tries to which the United States are equally friendly is interrupted."
       I am, etc.,
                                                     T.F. BAYARD.
                                No. 69.
                        Mr. Hall to Mr. Bayard.
                                [Extract. I
No. 716.]               LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES
                                 01      IN CENTRAL AMERICA,
                Guatemala, October 7, 1887. (Received November 3.)
  SIR   I have the honor to inclose herewith a printed copyof the mes-
sage of the President of Guatemala to the national constituent assem.
bly of that Republic, on the 1st day of October, 1887, with a synopsis
of its contents.
  You will observe that the President opens his message with the enun-
ci:ation of the principle of popular sovereignty, and declares that the
lhgislative authority during the past two years dictated laws in opposi-
tion to the interests of its constituents, and in nihilation of branches
of
the Government, especially in that of the department of finance. It
was, therefore, on account of the restrictions imposed upon him that it
became impossible to save the national credit, unless with a firm hand,
and by change of advisers in his cabinet he should assume, for a time,
supreme executive power. Hence his decree of June 26, 1887. That
his course of conduct met with popular approval was illustrated by the
demonstrations of good will and enthusiastic reception throughout his
tour of visit to the eastern departments of the Republic. And, although
at first the representative of Mexico refused to recognize the new order
of things, that now an arrangement has been perfected by which the
Republic of Mexico, in common with all other powers represented at
this capital, renews its friendly attitude in harmonious recognition of
a firm, existent fact.
  The other portions of the message refer, as you will note, to the do-
mnestic affairs of the Republic, of which, from time to time, you have
been advised, so far as the same relate'to the interests of our fellow-
citizens resident here.
  There seems to be perfect accord between the national administra-
tion and the legislative assembly, presaging unity of action and a har-
monious execution of the laws.
       I have, etc.,                               HENRY C. HALL.
                            [Inclosure in No. 716.1
Synopsi8 of message presented to the national constituent assembly by General
Manuel Li-
  sandro Barilla8, President of the Republic of Guatemala, the 18t day of
October, 1887.
  It opens with a declaration of popular sovereignty, and its recognition
by the ex
ecutive as co-opermting in the exe-cution of the laws.
  But in the expex ience of the past two years, owing to the faithlessness
of the legis-
lative assembly tow rds its constituents by hampering the action of the administra
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