File No. 180/71 A.

President Taft to the Vice President of Chile.


My grief at the death of His Excellency President Montt is especially poignant, because I so recently had the good fortune to know him and the opportunity to appreciate his high qualities as statesman and patriot. I send to you and to the Government and people of Chile the deep sympathy of the Government and people of the United States and my own sincere condolences in the national loss sustained by your country.

Pray yourself accept, Mr. Vice President, the expression of my personal sympathy and high regard.

Wm. H. Taft.