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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
(1913)

Honduras,   pp. 590-607 PDF (6.2 MB)


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 1 Not printe&596 FOREIGN RELATIONS. 
File No. 815.77/84. 
The American Minister to the Secretary of State. 
[Telegram—Paraphrase.] 
A~iERIcAw LEGATI0N, 
Tegucigalpa, February 7, 191g. 
 The Minister for Foreign Affairs says that American forces were landed at
Puerto Cortés tills morning; all were reembarked but one, who is stationed
in the office of the superintendent of tile railroad. A communication was
quoted from the American Vice Consul at that port advising the Minister for
Foreign Affairs that the commander of the American war vessel had taken possession
of tile railroad pending instructions. Firm but courteous protest was made
by the Minister. 
 WHITE. 
File No. 815.77/101. 
The American Minister to the Secretary of State. 
No. 94.]     A~iERIcAN LEGATION, 
 Tequcigalpa, February 8, 191g. 
 SIR: Referring to your cablegram of the 5th instant, in regard to the fears
expressed for Mr. Washington S. Valentine that he may be dispossessed of
the wharf and railroad at Puerto Cortés without adjustment of his
claims in connection with them, 1 have the honor herewith to enclose a copy
and a transiation of a note of yesterday's date, received last evening from
the Minister for Foreign Affairs in reply to a note 1 which I addressed to
him on the 6th instant and in which I paraphrased your above-mentioned telegram.
The Minister's note is accompanied by certified copies of Decree No. 28 1
the National Congress, dated tile 5th instant, whereby the Executive was
called upon immediately to proceed to recover the National Railroad, and
the Executive Order, also dated the 5th instant, whereby the President directed
the Governor of the Department of Cort.és to take possession of the
said railway with its appurtenances and accessories. 
I have [etc.] 
CHARLES D. WHITE. 
[Inclosure——Translation.] 
The Minister for Foreign Affairs to the American Minister. 
FoREIGN OFFIcE, 
Tegucigaipa, February 7, 1912. 
Mn. MINISTER: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your excellency's
courteous note addressed to me under yesterday's date in which you advise
me that according to representations made by the attorneys of Mr. Washington
S. Valentine it appears that he fears that he may be dispossessed of the
railroad and wharf of Puerto Cortés without the adjustment of his
claims connected with both properties having been made; that said attorneys
of Mr. Valentine 


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