Speech of President Murillo to Mr. Burton.


Mr. Minister: It is very flattering and pleasing to the people and government of Colombia to know that the American people and government should [Page 627] have been gratified at the expression of sorrow and kindly sympathy emitted by us when we heard that a crime had deprived your country of one of its most enlightened citizens, as a victim offered upon the altar of duty, and these frequent manifestations of sympathy between the two countries are very grateful to me, because they tend to strenghten the mutual esteem which ought to exist between republican peoples living on the same continent.