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File No. 817.032/25 
The Chargé in Nicaragua (Curtis) to the Secretary of State 
No. 619 MANAGUA, December 24, 1918. 
 SIR: I have the honor to inform you that on the morning of Sunday, December
15, there was held the formal opening of the Nicaraguan Congress by President
Chamorro, a copy of whose address I transmit herewith. . 
 The outstanding characteristics of the message were its optimism and its
friendly references to the United States, neither of which was unmerited
(though the optimism is justified chiefly by the assistance rendered by the
United States, as was not stated). 
 I have [etc.] CHARLES B. CURTIS 
Message of President Emiliano Ulbamorro to tke National Congress, 
December 15, 1918 
 It is a source of special complacency for the Nicaraguan people and Government
that you can undertake your tasks as the terrible evils of war cease and,
with the blessing of universal peace, the complete triumph of democratic
ideals (lawns with brilliance. Once humanity is calm again and the balance
of losses and gains from the tragic conflict now ended is struck, you will
undoubtedly find that over all the ashes and material ruins there stands
proudly the de(.~islve triumph of the purest ideals of universal justice.
 If the obtaining of the victory has required sacrifices animated by most
enthusiastic patriotic sentiments, the complicated peace arrangements will
require still greater ones, since this peace must be durable and therefore
just. A clear vision of this great truth and complete devotion to the abstract
principles which must be its foundation have been shown by the United States
during their intervention in the war and in their decided influence on the
peace negotiations, in which President Wilson has gone so far as to take
a personal part. 
 Apart from the fact that the moral principles for which my Government determined
to place itself frankly and decidedly on the side of the Allies remain unalterable,
the result has convinced all Nicaraguans that that was the true and honorable
path which our Fatherland had to take; and the manifestations of jubilation
and sympathy made by the people in general, including those very ones who
opposed that decision, when it was known that victory had been obtained,
are eloquent proof that the Government knew how to interpret the sentiments
of the Nicaraguan people and protect their interests. 
 Humanity, afflicted by the immense moral and material sacrifices which the
victory has cost and by the peril in which were the ethical principles of
Christian civilization, is anxious to find means to impede in the future
the repetition of the tremendous conflict, and the statesmen of the great
powers propose the formation of a League of Nations, united to maintain on
the fa~ce of the earth international right and justice, through the recognition
of identical rights to each and every one of them, without smallness militating
against any one enjoying its full sovereignty. 

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