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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)

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File No 815.77/78. 
The Secretary of State to the' American Minister. 
TVashinqton, February 5, 1912. 
 it is represented to the Department that ~\T* S. Valentine', an American
citizen, fears that the Government of Honduras will dispossess him of railway
and wharf properties at Puerto Cortés without his claim ~onnected
therewith having been adjusted. He is willing to relinquish control and management
of the properties as soon as his interests are properly protected and protests
against any action by the Government Qf Honduras which would take from him
his properties without full compensation. You will make representations to
the Foreign Office in the sense that this Government, without going into
the legal merits of the claim at this time, is convinced that the claim possesses
equities which should be met anct that any action taken in violation of such
equities could not be regarded by this Government as an indication of that
friendly attitude toward American enterprise which the Government of the
United States would like' to see animate the actions of the Government of
File No., 815.77/85. 
The Commander of the U. S. S. "Petrel ' ~ to , the Secretary of the 
U. S. S. Petrel; 
PUERTO CoRT~s, Fe'bruciry 6~, 1912.. 
 I am informed by the American Consul that the authorities will seize the
railroad today. The superintendent of road refuses to give up unless he receives
orders from New York. Consul. requested me to protect the lives and property
of American citizens. If necessary I will by force prevent seizure until
I hear from the Department. Instructions from the Department are requested.
File No. 815.77/87. 
U. S. S. Petrel, 
PUERTO CoR1'~s, February' 7, 1912. 
 Government officer arrived February 6th to seize railroad. I have informed
the appointed Government superintendent that I should not pei~rnit seizure.
Without instructions from Department or Minister, I will enforce this. decision.
I believe it will not be necessary to use force, 

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