Mr. Clayton to Mr. Hay.

No. 2235.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose copy and translation of the message of the President, delivered at the opening of the Mexican Congress, on the 1st instant.

I have, etc.,

Powell Clayton.
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From Mexican Herald, April 2, 1904.


Last night, with the customary formalities, President Diaz opened the fourth period of sessions of the Twenty-first Congress, and on that occasion delivered himself of the following message:

Messrs. Deputies, Messrs. Senators:

The recurrence of my appearance before you twice annually in nowise diminishes the pleasure which this honor affords me, nor the gratification which I feel in performing a duty imposed upon me by our fundamental law, viz, the duty of informing you as to the national business and interests intrusted to the executive power.

foreign relations;

In the first place, I take pleasure in informing you that our foreign relations continue unalterably friendly, and in certain cases positively cordial; they are also being daily extended until they now embrace certain nations which had never before cultivated the friendship of Mexico.

mexico and venezuela.

In my last message I had the honor of informing you that the mixed commission, established by Mexico and Venezuela, had assembled at Caracas and had entered upon its duties. Although the convention laid down that only Mexican claims were to be passed upon by the commission, the Government of Mexico, when consulted as to whether claims of the opposite side could be taken into consideration, believed that it was proper and equitable to assent to the proposal, and an answer to that effect was returned to the commission and to the Venezuelan chancellerie. It is gratifying to me now to inform you that, as was to be expected, the commission discharged conscientiously its delicate trust and that the referee gave a decision in favor of the Mexican claimants, who, as assignees of their Government, had justice on their side, considering the origin of the long-standing debt in question, a debt which the great Bolivar regarded as sacred.

the republic of panama.

Recent events on the Isthmus of Panama are sufficiently familiar, as are also the circumstances under which that ancient portion of Colombia proclaimed its independence. The Mexican Government, which observes the greatest circumspection in its international relations, waited to see the results of the important move in question before recognizing the new order of things. A great number of European nations, and some nations on this continent, had from the start extended recognition to the new Republic. At length popular suffrage in those regions gave to the new government a status of regularity, and on the other hand there is no danger of its being soon or easily overthrown. In view of these facts the Mexican Government has recognized it, wishing at the same time to the new American State the utmost prosperity and an era of uninterrupted peace.

compulsory arbitration.

The Government of Peru has communicated to our department of foreign relations its approval of the treaty of compulsory arbitration, which was signed in this capital on January 29, 1902, by the delegates of various nations represented at the Pan-American Conference.

russo-japanese war.

The Mexican Government having been notified by the diplomatic representatives of Japan and Russia of the existence of a state of war between those two [Page 487] nations, I hastened (though, in view of Mexico’s remoteness from the scene of hostilities, there seemed to be no urgent call for action) to proclaim the measures of neutrality demanded by the fact that our country is friendly to both belligerents.

relations with persia.

In order to reciprocate the special mission which His Majesty the Shah of Persia was pleased to send to Mexico the Mexican minister at Paris, invested with the character of ambasador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, was sent on a similar special mission to the capital of the Persian Empire. Both there and during the whole of his passage through Persian territory our envoy received signal marks of courtesy and attention. His visit cemented the excellent relations created by the Persian mission to our country.

a minister from china.

The Imperial Government of China has appointed its representative at Washington to come to Mexico in a similar capacity. This will be the first opportunity afforded to us to receive a diplomat from that interesting nation, with which Mexico for some years past has had a treaty of friendship and commerce.

new zealand postage rates.

The Government of Great Britain having manifested a desire to reduce the postage rates on letters addressed from New Zealand to Mexico, a convention covering the point was recently signed, and to-day it is sent to the Senate in compliance with the requirements of the constitution.

relations with austria.

There will also be sent to that high chamber a convention, signed on December 31 last, the object of which is to regulate the friendly relations existing between Mexico and Austria-Hungary on the same lines as laid down in the treaty of September 17, 1901, with the single difference that for its validity the period of one year from the date of the exchange of ratifications has been fixed.

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