The Secretary of State to Minister Lyon.
Washington, February 18, 1909.
Mr. Bacon informs Mr. Lyon that it is reported that the Liberian situation is most disquieting, and that there is every need of maintaining order and upholding the constitutional Liberian Government. Mr. Bacon says that any misguided popular opposition now can only precipitate grave questions and make very difficult the effective influence of the United States, and urges the maintenance of initiated reform, stable reorganization of financial administration, faithful observance of international obligations, and security for foreign life and property. Adds that this Government is about to send a commission to Monrovia to report concerning the situation and to counsel prudence.