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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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File No. 815.77/117. 
The American Minister to the Secretaiy of State. 
No. 117.]   A~IERIcAN LECATION, 
 Tegucigalpa, April 18, 1912. 
 SIR: Acknowledging the Department's instruction No. 5G of the 6th ultimo,
in regard to the complaint of Mr. W. S. Valentine, I have the honor to enclose
herewith a copy of a note addressed by me on the 12th instant to the Minister
for Foreign Affairs in accordance therewith, and to be, Sir, [etc.] 
The American Minister to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. 
AinunlcnN LEGATI0N, 
Tegneigalpa, April 12, 1912. 
Mu. MINI5TEIR: Referring to your excellency's note of February 7 last in
regard to the complaint of Mr. Washington S. Valentine concerning the railroad
and wharf at Puerto Cortds, I have the honor in fulfillment of instructions
to advise you that my Government will await with confidence the result of
the judicial inventory and liquidation of accounts which you state have been
ordered in connection with this Government's seizure of the Valentine railway
I am also instructed to say that the Department of State of my Government
(Toes not find it easy to understand the statement that the Government of
lionduras has no knowledge of any claim on the part of Mr. Valentine connected
with the railway. Your excellency's note above referred to acknowledges throughout
its discussion that this Government delivered the railway to Mr. Valentine
in 1008 and that from that time until the present it has permitted him to
retain possession of and operate the same. It seems quite evident that, totally
irrespective of whether or not the formal concession or lease granted Mr.
Valentine was valid and constitutional, your excellency's Government could
not now expect successfuiiy to maintain that by this governmental action
the Govermuent had not assumed such a special relation to Mr.. Valentine
in connection with his possession and operation of the railroad as would
entail reciprocal rights, duties and obIigations~ which would have to be
The Government of the United States must therefore be understood as reserving
the right to make further representations regarding this matter in the uniooked-for
event that the judicial inquiry instituted by the authorities of ilonduras
should appear not to accomplish substantial justice. 
Accept [etc.I 
File No. 815.77/124. 
The Secietary of State to the American Minister. 
Washington May 25, 1912. 
Complaint has been made by the attorneys for Valentine because the Collector
of Customs at Puerto Cortés notified Mr. VaIentin~ on March 12th that
he was limited to twenty days to decide whether he would agree to sale of
the wharf and that at tile end of that time tin Government would not permit
further collection of wharfago 

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