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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)

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4 FOREIGN RELATIONS. 
SPEECH OP SENATOR ELIHU ROOT IN THE SENATE, FANUARY 16, 1913, REPUDIATING
SENTIMENTS ATTRIBUTED TO HIM IN RELATION TO LATIN AMERICA. 
File No. 710.11/OOa and DOb. 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
Washington, January 14, 1913. 
To the American Diplomatic Officers in Latin America. 
 GENTLEMEN: The Department learns that within the last few months articles
have appeared in various newspapers in South and Central America commenting
on an alleged speech of Senator Root dealing with Latin-American affairs.
Senator Root is quoted as saying, among other things: 
 It is only a question of time until Mexico, Central America, and the islands
that we still lack in the Caribbean Sea, will be brought under our flag.
and other statements of a similar nature are attributed to thini. This matter
was first brought to the notice of the Department by the American Minister
to Honduras 1, after an article of this character had appeared on October
26 last in "El Cronista," a newspaper in Tegucigalpa.. 
 Upon this article being brought to his attention, Senator Root authorized
the following statement, which was transmitted by cable' to Minister White
[at Tegucigalpa], and subsequently appeared in the press of Tegucigalpa:
WASHINGTON, Novcmbcr 25, 1912. 
 The newspaper "El Cronista" of Tegucigalpa published on October 26, 1912,
certain alleged extracts from some speech of mine. 
 These are impudent forgeries. I never made any such speech. I never said
any such things. The expressions contained in these spurious and pretended
exti'tcts ' tie inconsistent with m~ opinions and abhouent to my feelings
They ' ne the ex.ict opposite of the ~iews which I h'tle expressed on hundieds
of occ'isions during niany years, both publicly and privately, officially
and personally, and which I now hold and maintain. 
ELIHU ROOT 
 Should newspaper articles of the character quoted above, attributrng utterances
of this nature to Senator Root, appear in the prese of the country to which
you are accredited, you will cause such publicity to be made of SenatOr Root's
statement as in your judgment may be necessary to counteract the effect of
such articles. 
I am [etc.] 
P. C. KNOX. 
File No. 710.11/134. 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
Washington, March 13, 1913. 
To C/ic Ame~ wan Diplomatic Officers in Latin America 
 GENTLEMEN: Referring to the Department's unnumbered instruction of January
14 last, concerning the publication in "El Cronistq" a newspaper in Tegucigalpa,
of an alleged speech of Senator Root dealrng ~ ith L'ttin Amer ican affairs,
the Department encloses her e wth a copy of the Congiessional Record of January
16, 1913, begin fling on page 1609 of which is printed the public repudi'ttion
in the Senate b~ Senatoi Root of the sentiments attiibuted to him in the
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