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File No. $68.001 G 29/5,

Queen Olga to the President.


SALONIKI, March 21, 1913. I beg you to accept and transmit to the Government and people of the United States the Greek nation's, my family's and my own sincerest thanks for your heartfelt sympathy in our most crushing grief.


File No. 868.001 C 76.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.



Athens, March 21, 1913. Reports that King Constantine took the oath this day before the Cabinet, Representatives, Diplomatic Corps, Metropolitan and clergy and citizens. Great enthusiasm was shown over the new King, but on account of universal mourning public expression is witliheld.


File No. 868.001 G 29/15A.

The Presilent to King Constantine.



Washington, March 21, 1913. On this sad occasion of the death of your illustrious Father I extend heartfelt sympathy and I wish to express the earnest hope that Your beneficent reign will mark an era of great prosperity. I also offer to Your Majesty the assurances of my highest regard and good wishes.


rile No. 868.001 G 29/9.

King Constantine to the President.


SALONIKI, March 24, 1913. Deeply touched by your kind sympathy and good wishes. Send sincere and heartfelt thanks,


File No. 868.001 G29/7.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.



Athens, March 25, 1913. The Ministers have been invited to be present at the reception of the King's body at the Piraeus March 26, 3 p. m. The funeral will take place on April second.


File No. 868.001 G 29/7.

The Acting Secretary of State to the American Minister.



Washington, March 26, 1913. You are hereby accredited as special and personal representative of the President to attend the funeral of the late King on April second. Inform Foreign Office.


File No. 868.001 G 29/10.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.



Athens, March 28, 1913. Reports that the body of the King arrived at the Piraeus yesterday, having been delayed one day on account of fog. There was an impressive procession at Athens, the streets were lined with solliers, while the houses and sidewalks were crowded with spectators. A short service was held at the cathedral in the presence of the Royal family, the Holy Synod, the Cabinet, Diplomatic Corps and officials. Thanks the President for his appointment as special representative.


File No. 868.001 G29/18.

King Constantine to the President.

[Translation. 1

VERY DEAR AND GREAT FRIEND: In the most profound sorrow I confirm to you the sad intelligence of the death of my very dear and renerated father, His Majesty George I, King of the Hellenes, who died on March 5/18 last at Saloniki, ihe victim of a heinous crime, after a prosperous and glorious reign of fifty years. The spontaneous evi. dence of your sentiments you gave me by directing Mr. J. G. Schurman, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to represent you at the obsequies of my well beloved father and to voice your heartfelt condolences for the harrowing bereavement I have just undergone, has profoundly moved me. I therefore have it at heart to express to you my deeply felt gratitude for that mark of attention. Called to the Throne of Greece by the order of succession, I have just taken the reins of the Government. I beg you to feel assured that I shall take the utmost pains to main

pily exist between Greece and the United States of America. Con-
vinced that you will not deny me your invaluable assistance in achiev-
ing this undertaking of so great advantage to our two countries, I beg
you!, rery dear and great friend, to accept assurances of my high
esteem and enduring friendship.
Written at Athens, April 20/May 3, 1913.


File No. 868.001 G 29/18.

The dcting Secretary of State to the American Minister.

No. 37.]


Washington, July 24, 1913. Sir: I inclose, with office copy, a letter addressed by the President to the King of the Hellenes, acknowledging His Majesty's letter in which he informed the President of the death, at the hands of an assassin, of His Majesty George I, King of the Hellenes, and his accession to the throne.

You will forward the copy to the Foreign Office and deliver the original in the manner most agreeable to His Majesty. I am [etc.]



The President to King Constantinc.

GREAT AND GOOD FRIEND: I have received the letter in which Your Majesty advised me of the death on the 5/18 of May (March) last, at the hands of an assassin, of Your Majesty's dearly beloved father, His Majesty George I, King of the Hellenes, and your accession to the throne.

In expressing my sincere and heartfelt sympathy for Your Majesty's family and the people of Greece in their sad bereavement, I must at the same time gire utterance to the satisfaction with which I received the announcement that you had ascended to the throne, and assure Your Majesty that your wishes for the continuance of the friendly relations subsisting between the two countries are fully appreciated and cordially reciprocateil. May God have Your Majesty in His safe and holy keepiug. Your Good Friend,

WOODROW WILSON. By the President: W. J. BRYAN,

Secretary of State. Washington, July 15, 1913.

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File No. 814.032/2,

Note.-The message of President Manuel Estrada C. was read to the National Legislative Assembly March 1, 1913, and transmitted to the Secretary of State March 8, 1913 by the American Chargé d'Affaires, Mr. Wilson. The following are the only passages referring to the United States:

(Translation. )

Our relations with the great Republic of the United States of North America become every day closer, not only on account of the facilities offered by the maritime and railway communications, but also due to the increase of our commercial relations which are the logical consequence thereof, and to the interest which the American people feel for a new and industrious country placed but three days journey from their ports. A conclusive proof of this felicitous circumstance and of the friendly relations which unite both peoples and Governments was the visit with which his excellency the Secretary of State, in behalf of His Excellency the President of the United States of America, honored Guatemala in the month of March of last year: a high distinction which the Government and whole country appreciated in all its worth and which it endeavored to return in the most appropriate form. As the Honorable Assembly was holding sessions at that time of the year it also received the distinguished American statesman in its midst, and the Government hastened to respond to the courtesy of His Excellency the President of that friendly nation, by commissioning the Secretary of State in the Department of Foreign Affairs personally to make known to the Government of Washington the gratitude of the nation and of the administration that governs it.

And finally, the labor which has been undertaken by the Department of Finance and Public Credit for the financial reorganization of the country, is about to reccive a conclusive resolution, and I hope, if such an event be realized during the present session of the Honorable Assembly, that I have accomplished one of my most earnest aspirations: to fulfill the only promise left to be discharged of those which I made to the nation when I entered its service which I have not yet been able to perform, due to causes stronger than my constant and sincere wish, but which today is near such a solution as is better suited to the sacred interests of the nation.



File No. 814.51/199.

The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador.


Washington, January 6, 1913. My Dear MR. AMBASSADOR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency's note of December 30, 1912, communicating, in reply to this Department's memorandum of December 3, 1912, on the subject of the Guatemalan debt, the desire of the British Gorernment to have the question arbitrated or the coffee revenues restored.

I enclose herewith a copy of the Unified Loan Agreement * negotiated between reputable American bankers and the Government of Guatemala. I also enclose extracts from a letter 5 addressed to Mr. Cooper on December 26, 1912, by Mr. Frederick Strauss of J. and W. Seligman and Company. I hope that you will see fit to telegraph to the Foreign Office a brief outline of the salient and favorable features of the agreement recommending the earnest consideration of the proposal and that as Mr. Cooper already has a copy of it the Foreign Office should consult him „and study his copy in order to avoid unfortunate delay.

I would also be pleased if your excellency would strongly urge the adoption of this plan, pointing out the deep concern of this Government in the carrying out by this means of its broad policy with regard to Central America where its interests are necessarily of predominant importance. .

I have been surprised at the lack of any information in your note tending to show that the Foreign Office has given any consideration to the proposal outlined in the Department's memorandum of December 3d. Pending additional indications as to the ultimate decision of Great Britain with regard to this Unified Loan Agreement, which will also be submitted to the Foreign Office by the American Embassy in London, I have decided for the present to refrain from replying further to your excellency's note of December 30th. I may add, however, that it will cause me considerable surprise if the British Government, after receiving a copy of this loan agreement, should fail to give it the favorable consideration which I believe it merits. I am [etc.]

P. C. Kxox.

Continued from For. Rel. 1912, pp. 500-511.
2 For. Rel. 1912, p. 510.

I. 508.
i Vnt printed.
• Printed as inclosure to the Secretary's No. 1828, of January 7, sec p. 561.

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