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Out of abundant caution and with a view to obviating any occasion for embarrassment to the ladies of your families, the Department brings to your knowledge that this prohibition extends to the prohibited plumage when brought in as baggage, notwithstanding the fact that it may form the trimming of hats or other wearing apparel, and that the customs officers of the United States have been instructed by the Treasury Department to remove such plumage from the hats of women passengers arriving in ports of the United States. No exception will be made in the cases of ladies of the families of diplomatic officers of the United States. I am [etc.]
For the Secretary of State:
John B. MOORE.
INVITATION TO THE PANAMA-PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL EXPOSI
TION TO BE HELD AT SAN FRANCISCO IN 1915.
File No. 811.607 G/289.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, September 17, 1913. To the diplomatic officers of the United States.
GENTLEMEN: The Department by its circular of February 5, 1912, invited, in pursuance of the Joint Resolution of Congress approved February 15, 1911, and on behalf of the Government and people of the United States, the nations of the earth to participate in the PanamaPacific International Exposition to be held at San Francisco, California, in 1915. for the purpose of celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal; and it directed you to communicate the President's invitation to the Governments to which you are accredited.
Congress, in the Naval Appropriation Act approved March 4, 1911, provided further, as follows: · The President is further authorized and respectfully requested, in extending his invitation to the foreign nations in pursuance of the aforesaid joint resolution of Congress, to invite their representatives and their fleets to assemble at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and from thence come to the city of Washington, there to be formally welcomed by the President; and, at the conclusion of the ceremonies at Washington, the President is requested to pro(eed to Hampton Roads and there review the assembled fleets as they start on their voyage to the city of San Francisco.
In pursuance of the above provision, you are now instructed to convey to the Governments to which you are accredited an invitation from the President to send representatives and as many of their national war vessels as they may deem proper to Hampton Roads, Virginia, to arrive there early in 1915, at a date to be subsequently communicated.
The President will, as contemplated by the Act, welcome the representatives of the foreign nations accepting the invitation on their arrival at Washington, and on the conclusion of the ceremonies at the capital the President will proceed to Hampton Roads where he will review the assembled fleets as they start on their voyage to San Francisco, where they will take part in the opening of the Panama-Pacific Exposition.
1 For. Rel 1912, pp. 4-5.
In communicating this invitation to the Governments to which you are accredited, you will express the pleasure which the President would feel should they decide to accept it by appointing representatives and by sending as many of their national war vessels as they may deem proper to assemble at Hampton Roads as above indicated. I am [etc.]
W. J. BRYAN,
Hile No. 811.607G/443.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, November 25, 1913. To the diplomatic officers of the United States:
GENTLEMEN: On September 17, 1913, the Department addressed to the diplomatic officers of the United States a circular in which, pursuant to the provision in the Naval Appropriation Act approved March 4, 1911, they were instructed to convey to the Governments to which they are accredited an invitation from the President of the United States to send representatives and as many of their national war vessels as they may deem proper to Hampton Roads, Virginia, to arrive there early in 1915, at a date to be subsequently communicated for the purpose of participating in the celebration of the completion of the Panama Canal.
It is further set forth in the circular of September 17, 1913, that:
The President will, as contemplated by the Act, welcome the representatives of the foreign nations accepting the invitation on their arrival at Washington, and on the conclusion of the ceremonies at the capital the President will preceed to Hampton Roads, where he will review the assembled fleets as they st:ut on their voyage to San Francisco, where they will take part in the opening of the Panama-Pacific Exposition.
The Department having received an inquiry as to whether by " representatives" is meant naval officers commanding war vessels or additional representatives of the Government to which the invitation was extended, and being desirous that no misunderstanding arise as to this Government's invitation concerning the quality of such representatives, will be glad to have you inform the Governments to which you are accredited that the naval program to be carried out at Hampton Roads and at Washington before the fleet starts on its journey through the canal, is entirely distinct from the more extensive ceremonies to be held at San Francisco after the Exposition shall have been opened, and that therefore the “representatives” that are to assemble with the fleets at Hampton Roads are to be naval representatives only. These naval representatives are not, however, to be only officers of the Navy in a military sense, but also civil officials of the Navy, such as Lords of the Admiralty and Ministers of Marine.
In communicating this information to the Governments to which you are accredited yon will express the earnest hope that as many of these officials as possible will honor the occasion with their presence. I am [etc.]
For the Secretary of State:
J. B. MOORE.
PRESENTATION OF A STATUE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON TO
ARGENTINA BY AMERICAN CITIZENS RESIDENT THERE.1 File No. 835.413W27/7.
The American Minister to the Secretary of State.
Buenos Aires, June 30, 1913. In celebration of the centenary of Argentine independence, American citizens resident in Buenos Aires will present to the Argentine Nation a noble monument to Washington. On the fourth of July I shall make the presentation in behalf of the American Colony, and the gift will be accepted by President Saenz Peña in person. Not only our fellow-citizens here, but the Argentine Government, the public and the press would highly appreciate a message on that occasion from the President.
GARRETT. File No. 833.413W27/7. The President to the President of Argentina.
THE WHITE HOUSE,
Washington, July 4, 1913. On the occasion of Your Excellency's acceptance of the monument to George Washington, presented to the Argentine Nation on this anniversary day of the independence of the United States by American citizens resident at Buenos Aires, in celebration of the centenary of Argentine independence, I offer to Your Excellency my congratulations on the progress made by the Argentine Nation and its high standing among the nations of the world. I trust that in this noble monument Your Excellency will see a lasting evidence of the enduring friendship and good will which the American people entertain for the people of Argentina.
File No. 83.3.413W 27/8.
The American Minister to the Secretary of State. No. 187.]
Buenos Aires, July 5, 1913. SIR: I have the honor to report that the celebration of the 4th of July in Buenos Aires this year was a marked success. It was made
* Continued from For. Rel. 1911, pp. 5–7.
especially noteworthy by the presentation of the statue of Washington, the gift of resident Americans to the Argentine Nation. The President, the Vice President, the Chief Justice, the President of the Senate, nearly all the Cabinet and other high officials of the Government attended the unveiling and great appreciation was shown of the monument. The American colony here is neither large nor wealthy when compared to the other foreign colonies and it is all the more credit to them therefore that they have erected and presented the most dignified and noble of all the monuments in Buenos Aires. After the dedication, the Monument Committee, composed of Messrs. Edmund P. Graves, Chairman, George E. Fuller, Secretary, James A. Wheatley, Treasurer, John C. Zimmermann, Arthur J. Simmons and Alfred Zucker, presented commemorative plaques to the invited guests. Two of the plaques were in gold, the rest in silver and bronze. The gold ones were intended for the Presidents of the two nations. At the request of the Committee I have the honor to send in the pouch herewith the plague for President Wilson, and I respectfully request that it be delivered to him in the name of the Committee. The Committee, the American colony in general, as well as the President and officials of the Government were greatly pleased and touched by President Wilson's message.
Clippings from the newspapers giving good accounts of the proceedings and photographs of the monument are enclosed herewith. I have [etc.]
John W. GARRETT.
(Inclosure--Extract from the “ Standard" (Buenos Aires) of July 5, 1913.)
No further evidence of the very friendly relations existing between the two greatest American Republics is necessary than the ceremony of the official presentation to the Argentine Nation of the George Washington statue at Palermo yesterday. The statue is the work of Mr. Charles Keck, a prominent New York sculptor, who was commissioned by the following committee of local United States residents:
Edmund P. Graves, chairman; George E. Fuller, secretary ; James A. Whetley, treasurer; John C. Zimmermann, Arthur J. Simmons and Alfred Zucker.
The statue is of bronze and is a reproduction of the one which stands in front of the New York Treasury building in Wall Street. It is 2.30 metres high, and represents the Father of his Country in the Colonial dress of the period in the act of speaking, having risen from his chair.
The pedestal, which is of Deer Island, Maine, granite, was designed ane? erected by Mr. Alfred Zucker, the well-known architect of this city, and forms an artistic finish which is in perfect harmony with the surroundings.
Engraved in the upper panel of the base of the monument is the following inscription in golden letters:
The site of the monument is a most happy one in the Parque 3 de Febrero, fronting the magnificent lake of the “ Pabellón de los Lagos." The large trees and rare plants on either side and in the rear form an ideal background for such an imposing work. The base and pedestal of the monument yesterday were gaily bedecked with the colours and coats of arms of both nations.
The Honorable John Work Garrett initiated the proceedings by calling upon Mr. Arthur J. Simmons to address the gathering in the name of the l'nited States residents.
ADDRESS BY MR. ARTHUR J. SIMMONS REPRESENTING TUE MONUMENT COMMITTEE
Mr. President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen : By permission of the municipal government, and honoured by the presence of His Excellency the President of the Nation and other high officials of State, we are assembled for an unusual event.
It is a significant occasion, in commemoration of the rounding out of the first century of a national growth and development. No great nation has ever yet came into existence and maintained its government without struggle, turmoil, strife. Humanity's destiny is Warl and forward. The masses rise and advance through struggle, but the struggle is most courageously carried forward when led by patriotic action, and the rise is most rapid when leavened by patriotie wisdom. Intrepid patriotism is sublime. All peoples of the earth meet crises. In the supreme moment of coping with those crises, when humanity's fate hangs in the balance. to waver is fatal, firm resolutions must be adopted, and fearless, decisive action follow to enforce them. Perilous indeed, with consequences immeasurable, far-reaching aud long-lasting, affecting the lives and well-being of future generations, is the crisis that pertains to the momentous question of the fundamental principles of government. Argentina has met, struggled with. passed through, conquered and risen above the peril of this crisis in her history. And a pause has been made, at the first hundred-year mark. for the world to take note of the growth and development of this indeliendent and progressive people. It is, indeed, significant.
The celebration of the ('entennial of that glorious and memorable 25 de Mayo de 1810 by the Government and people of Argentina afforded an opportunity for the various foreign communities here resident, whose members still own allegiance to their respective native governments, to show their goodwill; to offer sone token that might long stand as an expression of their appreciation for the Government and people of the land of their sojourn : for her Government which welcomes them and gua rantees to all the enjoyment of the rights and privileges of labour, trade, commerce, and the untrammelled effort for the gratification of that universal desire--the pursuit of happiness; for her people toward whom we are diawn with such fascination, with whom we labour and dwell in such concord, among whom we count such warm-hearted friends and genial companions.
No more appropriate clate could be chosen for the ceremony of presenting the memorial which we of the northernmost republic have been privileged to proffer, than this, July 4th, the miversary of the day when the first formal declaration of inalienable individual rights and the principle of free and independent povernment in the western hemisphere was solemnly adopted and boldly proclained to the world,
We citizens of the l’nited States of America who reside in Argentina, in choosing the emblem that might permanently stand as our expression of good will, hare deemed it highly fitting for the occasion as being the most suitable banner by which our community liere resident might convey its sentiment, as being the most representative of the friendly spirit from our home land, as being the means of most delicately touching and vibrating the mystic chords of sympathy between liberty-loving peoples, that the token should be a figure of ibat man whose character stands out, pre-eminent, as symbolic of Liberty, Independence and Republicanism in the New World,
Here, in the presence of this assembly, on this magnificent site, in this beautiful Palermo Park, to stand under the blue canopy of Argentina's skies, is now to be um veiled a statue of the immortal Washington. The stalwart form, the stately figure, the expressive features, the serene countenance of the patriot, statesman and gentleman seem to breathe forth the spirit of his sublime faith in the justice and ultimate triumph of the cause to which he so zealously clereted his life, and of which he himself said: "Our cause is noble, it is the canse of mankind."
No nation, no continent, produces many men whose fame becomes world-wide, and whose characters live in history. We of North America have one. von of South America have another, standing out with transcendenta distinction. Though they laboured not contemporaneously, yet the life-long activities of the
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