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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States with the address of the president to Congress December 2, 1913

Honduras,   pp. 590-607 PDF (6.2 MB)

Page 590

 File No. 815.032/T. p 
 [The message of the President, Don Manuel Bonilla, was read to 
the Congress of Honduras January 1, 1913, and transmitted to the 
Secretary of State January 8, 1913, by the American Minister, Mr. 
White. The following is the only passage referring to the United 
 I must mention the very cordial relations which my Government cultivates
with the American, European, and some Asiatic nations, among which are prominent
those that exist with the United States of America, due in large measure
to the fact that the main import and export trade of Honduras is with that
nation, and that the chief foreign enterprises established in this country
are also American, immigrants and contractors of that nationality arriving
here constantly on all kinds of business and being always heard and often
heeded, and if not heeded oftener than they are the fault lies not with the
Government but with the contractors themselves. 
 During the past year the cooperation of Honduras was asked for six international
congresses, all held in the United States. I should have liked to see the
country represented in all of them, but owing to the importance of the matters
to be treated and in order to comply with the kind invitations extended,
but we were able to send representatives to only two of them. 
 We were also asked to participate with our products in the International
Rubber Exposition opened last Septen'iber in New York, and we have been officially
invited to the International PanamaAmerican Exposition to be opened in San
Francisco in 1915, in order to take part in which you will be asked to appropriate
the necessary funds. 
 The Minister for Foreign Affairs of my Government will give you a detailed
account of the matters just referred to and of all those connected with our
relations with the United States; but I can not pass over in silence the
visit made to Honduras by Mr. Philander C. Knox, Secretary of State of that
great nation, in March of last year [1912], for which visit I was so grateful,
which I so highly appreciated, and in response to which and in order to express
a.t the same time thanks for so signal a demonstration of cordiality and
deference, I accredited to Washington an extraordinary mission charged with
conveying the gratitude of my Government for the visit. 
 I must likewise not refrain from mentioning a fact which, while it caused
alarm at first, subsequently afforded a patent demonstration 

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