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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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 Your excellency is well aware that in Honduras the interests of American
citizens enjoy every kind of security, it being the aspiration of my Government
to demonstrate to your excellency its most sincere and cordial friendship
by the protection that it affords to American undertakings established in
—~duras, of which an example is the New York, Rosario & Honduras
Mining Co., of which the same Mr. Valentine is a director, including important
negotiatiöfls which it has pending~vitirAmerican enterprises, which
are the most cordial examples of its friendship for America and the Americans.
 My Government, Mr. Minister, cherishes the hope that your excellency, jn
view of these documents, will recognize the right that warrants the act of
recovery of the railroad and will also see that no prejudice be done to the
rights which Mr. Valentine may claim—not over the railroad, for this
is the property of the Government, but—with reference to the participation
which he may have in the proceeds of the railroad. 
 I pray your excellency kindly to take note of these explanations and of
the sentiments expressed by my Government, and I avail [etc.] 
File No. 815.77/89. 
The American Minister to the Secretary of State. 
Tegucigalpa, February 9, 1912. 
 The Minister for Foreign Affairs has handed me a copy of the communication
of Commander Dismukes to the authorities of Puerto Cortés replying
to their letter demanding the withdrawal of the armed forces he . had landed.
The Commander stated in his letter that the forces were landed on his own
responsibility and gave his reasons for his actions. The Minister for Foreign
Affairs asked the American Minister to intervene, and the American Consul
at Puerto Cortés has been advised that the Commander's action seems
to be unwarranted. I recommend that the Commander be directed to withdraw
his forces at once. 
File No. 815.77/89. 
The Secretary of State to the American Minister. 
iVashington, February 10, 1912. 
 The following telegram was sent to the Commander of the Petrel by the Navy
 You may land force in your discretion to prevent violence but you will not
forcibly resist seizure by the Government of Honduras, giving notice in that
case that this Government reserves all rights to exact full and prompt settlement
of resultant claims. 
 The above telegram did not reach the Commander until after the force had
been landed and the [Navy] Department is now in receipt of the following,
telegram from him: 
 Replying to your telegram of February 7th, I have withdrawn force and served
notice of your instructions on authorities. 
 You will express regrets of the Department that the Honduran officer acted
with such haste as to compel the Commander of the 

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