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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 3, 1901

Chile,   pp. 32-38 PDF (490.8 KB)

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 CHILE. 37 a Printed ante. 
JJfr. Wilson. to Ifr. Hay. 
Santiago, July 23, 1901. 
 SIR: I have the honor to confirm my telegram a of the 14th instant. The
President expired on Friday evening, July 12, but as the intelligence of
his death was immediately communicated to the Chilean legation in Washington
I did not deem it necessary to do more than advise the Department of the
date of the funeral ceremonies, which date was afterwards changed to Wednesday,
the 17th. 
 I beg also to confirm the receipt of the Department's telegram a of the
15th instant. 
 This telegram was immediately communicated to the Chilean foreign office,
together with a note, copy of which is inelosed. 
 Messages similar to that of the Department were received by all diplomatic
representatives here and in most cases these messages of condolence were
accompanied by instructions to send floral tributes in the name of the executive
heads of their Governments. Under the circumstances it seemed to me propel'
to send some floral offering, and I therefore assumed the responsibility
of purchasing a large artificial wreath, which 1 sent in the name of the
 The death of the President was not unexpected. For the latter part of the
year he has been considered in an extremely precarious condition; fully one-half
of this time he has been incapable of attending to his executive duties,
and during the last three months he lost control completely of his mental
faculties. His death being anticipated for so long a time rendered easy the
transition of the executive power into the hands of the Vice-President. The
acting President, Señor Zanartu, will retain the executive powers,
which are in all respects equal to those of the deceased President, until
the newly elected President, Señor Riesco, shall be inaugurated, September
18, 1901. 
I have, etc., 
Mr. Wilson to Señor Rodriguez. 
Santiago, July 16, 1901. 
 Mr. MINISTER: I have the honor to inform your excellency that I received
last evening, from the Department of State at Washington, the following cablegram:
 "The President of the United States conveys through you to the Government
and the family of the late President Errdzuriz his sincere sympathy." 
 The above reached my hands at 6 o'clock p. m., but as I found it impossible
to communicate with your excellency's department last night it is only at
this moment that I am able to transmit the message. 
 I beg to assure your excellency that the deplorable loss which the Government
of Chile has just suffered in the death of its Chief Executive, His Excellency
Don Fedrico Errdzuriz Echaurren, has called forth the deep sympathy of the
President of the United States and of the Government and people thereof.
 My sad duty in expressing these sentiments would remain incomplete did I
not in response to the desire of the President of the United States convey
through your excellency's department to the Señora Jertrudis Echenique,
viuda de Errdzuriz his 

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