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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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Petre7 to act before he had received instructions, and to stare that the
attitude of the Department remains as expressed in its telegram of the 5th
 File No. 815.77/105. 
The American Minister to the Seeretctry of State. 
 No. 95.]      A~iERIcAN LEGATI0N, 
  Tegucigalpa, February 15, 191~?. 
 Sin: Referring to my cablegrams of the 7th instant and the 9th instant,
and to your telegraphic reply of the 10th instant, I have the honor herewith
to enclose copies of the three notes addressed to me by the Minister for
Foreign Affairs on the 7th and 8th instant in regard to the action of Commander
Disnaukes of the Petret in landing forces at Puerto Cortés in connection
with this Government's resumption of possession of the National Railroad.
Translations accompany the notes. 
 Your instructions contained in your telegram of the 10th instant were at
once formally complied with. Yesterday in conversation the Minister for Foreign
Affairs showed some disappointment because greater satisfaction was not offered
to this Government and expressed the hope that written instructions in that
sense might be oil the way. 
I have [etc.] 
[Inclosure 1—Translation.] 
The Miinster for Fo eign Affairx to the ~.t'merwan iliinister. 
FoREIGN Orricr, 
Te~jucigciipa, Februar~j 7, 1912. 
 Mr. MINISTER: The Comandante of Puerto Cort~s reports by telegraph this.
niouiing that an armed force has disembarked from the American war-vessel
at present anchored in those waters; and that this force, having subsequently
reembarked, left one of its members, armed, in the office of the agent of
the wharf, Mr. Greely, where he remains. 
 The presence. of American vessels in 1-Tonduran waters is always pleasing
to this people and its authorities, likewise that of their marines on its
soil; but always with the understanding that they come unarmed, as is international
practice between friendly nations. 
 The present situation in Honduras being perfectly tranquil, so that no danger
threatens American lives and interests and, on the other hand, said interests
and lives being perfectly guaranteed by the laws and Government, the diseinbarking
of said force and the fact that afterward, when it had been retired, one
of its members still remained, as a sentinel, hi a place that is not and
cannot be for that purpose in view of the friendly relations that exist between
Honduras and the United States and it being a question of foreign territory,
could not fail to cause surprise. 
 With tl1is understanding. I have the honor, with instructions from the President,
to address your excellency in order to ask whether you have notiCe of the
acts cited and of their significance, since, if true, they do not correspond
with the orderly and. constitutional condition of the country nor with the
ft-iendiy sentlic eats that inspire the relations of the two Governments,
which that of 
r Honthires lvi S aiways desired should be close and sincere. With sentiments

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