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of other nationalities, I have the honor to state that the law in question has been er: forced without respect to person. As far as I can find out, at present there are no Syrians of any nationality in business in Haiti, with the exception of Mr. John, who arrived in Haiti subsequent to the promulgation of this law. The agreement with this Legation as to Americans of Syrian origin has been more respected than has been the case with the other nationalities. Dominicans of

rights under the agreement. *

I have [etc.]

Madison R. Smith.

File No. 838.111/148.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister.



Washington, November 19, 1913. Representations have been made to the Department that it is impossible for Daniel John to close up his affairs and leave Haiti before November 30 without being ruined. Use your personal good offices to secure an extension of time for John. If circumstances justify formal representations, either because John has not been granted sufficient time to wind up his affairs or that this is a case of discrimination, impress upon the Foreign Office that expulsion might lead to international claim.


File No. 838.111/150.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.



· Port au Prince, November 24, 1913. The claim argument was used by Mr. Furniss to secure a delay for John of more than seven months and an additional month to November 30. Further instructions desired.


File No. 838.111/150.

The Acting Secretary of State to the American Minister.

[Telegram-Paraphrase. ]


Washington, November 26, 1913. Use your best efforts to secure another extension for Daniel John.


File No. 838.111/154.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.



Port au Prince, December 5, 1913. The Minister for Foreign Affairs says that no further extension can be granted to Daniel John, as he has had two extensions of delay, and he will have to act in accordance with his agreement to liquidate his business in the time allowed.




CONGRESS. File No. 815.032/7.

[The message of the President, Don Manuel Bonilla, was read to the Congress of Honduras January 1, 1913, and transmitted to the Secretary of State January 8, 1913, by the American Minister, Mr. White. The following is the only passage referring to the United States:]

[Translation-Extract.] I must mention the very cordial relations which my Government cultivates with the American, European, and some Asiatic nations, among which are prominent those that exist with the United States of America, due in large measure to the fact that the main import and export trade of Honduras is with that nation, and that the chief foreign enterprises established in this country are also American, immigrants and contractors of that nationality arriving here constantly on all kinds of business and being always heard and often heeded, and if not heeded oftener than they are the fault lies not with the Government but with the contractors themselves.

During the past year the cooperation of Honduras was asked for six international congresses, all held in the United States. I should have liked to see the country represented in all of them, but owing to the importance of the matters to be treated and in order to comply with the kind invitations extended, but we were able to send representatives to only two of them.

We were also asked to participate with our products in the International Rubber Exposition opened last September in New York, and we have been officially invited to the International PanamaAmerican Exposition to be opened in San Francisco in 1915, in order to take part in which you will be asked to appropriate the necessary funds.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of my Government will give you a detailed account of the matters just referred to and of all those connected with our relations with the United States; but I can not pass over in silence the visit made to Honduras by Mr. Philander C. Knox, Secretary of State of that great nation, in March of last year (1912), for which visit I was so grateful, which I so highly appreciated, and in response to which and in order to express at the same time thanks for so signal a demonstration of cordiality and deference, I accredited to Washington an extraordinary mission charged with conveying the gratitude of my Government for the visit.

I must likewise not refrain from mentioning a fact which, while it caused alarm at first, subsequently afforded a petent demonstration

not only of the cordiality of the relations existing between this Government and that of Washington, but also of the spirit of rectitude and justice which actuates the decisions of the latter. I refer to the case of the National Railroad, which you at your last session ordered restored to the nation because it was being illegally and unduly administered by a person who was its lessee but who had no right to keep it in his possession for his own exclusive benefit.

The details of what occurred will be communicated to you by the Secretaries for Foreign Affairs and of Fomento and Public Works, so that it will suffice for me to recall the fact that when the Political Governor of Cortés, in pursuance of orders from the Executive, proceeded to take possession of the railroad by virtue of an inventory and previous notice to the agent of the ex-lessee to participate in the delivery, the Commander of the American war ship Petrel, anchored in the waters of Puerto Cortés, landed sailors of the crew of his ship to take possession of the railroad pending receipt of instructions from Washington and Tegucigalpa. This gave rise to a protest on the part of my Government, made to the American Legation established in this capital, on account of the violation of the national territory and owing to the acts committed by the Commander of the Petrel, who, in compliance with immediate orders from the Washington Government, reembarked his forces, declaring that the act was performed under his exclusive responsibility and without the authorization of his Government, as was confirmed by the Minister of the United States in this capital, who, on this occasion as on all others, has taken special pains to maintain and even strengthen the bonds of sympathy and cordiality which happily unite us with the Republic of the North.

The Government has likewise claimed for the Public Treasury the revenues from the wharf and lighthouse of Puerto Cortés, illegally held to the detriment of the revenues of the Republic and which are at present administered by the proper revenue office.



File No. 815.001 B 64/9.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.

[Telegram-Paraphrase. ]


Tegucigalpa, March 21, 1913. The American Minister announces the death of President Bonilla and states that Vice President Francisco Bertrand has assumed the Presidency and informs the Minister that the Cabinet Ministers will support him and no complications are anticipated. The Minister has advised the American consulates and the Commander of the American warships in Honduras.


File No. 815.001 B 64/10.

The Minister of Honduras to the Secretary of State.


Washington, March 22, 1913.
MR. SECRETARY: With profound sorrow I discharge the duty of
informing your excellency that, on the 21st instant, General Don
Manuel Bonilla, President of the Republic of Honduras, died at
I renew [etc.]


File No. 815.001 B 64/9.

The President to the President of Ilonduras.



Washington, March 22, 1913. The Government and people of the United States of America join me in offering heartfelt condolences in the great loss which has been sustained by the Republic of Honduras in the lamented death of His Excellency, President Bonilla.


File No. 815.001 B 64/10.

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister of Honduras. No. 6.]


Washington, March 24, 1913. SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 22d instant by which you officially convey the sad intelligence of the death at Tegucigalpa of President Bonilla.

The President, to whom the information has been conveyed, has, in a telegram to President Bertrand, expressed the sincere condolences of the people and Government of the United States in this sad bereavement which has befallen the Government and people of your country, as well as his personal sympathy. Accept [etc.]


File No. 815.001 B 64,'16.

The President of Ilonduras to the President.
[Telegram-- Translation. )

TEGUCIGALPA, March 24, 1913. The Government and people of Honduras join me in thanking Your Excellency and the Government and people of the United States for their very sincere expressions of sorrow for the death of President General Bonilla. Will Your Excellency accept our gratitude.


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