File No. 815.00/1123.


No. 122.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith copy and translation1 of an official statement published in La Prensa of yesterday of the events leading up to the movement headed by ex-President Manuel Bonilla, its’ inauguration and progress, and the present situation in the Republic.

It appears from the statement that J. W. Beer purchased the steamer Hornet from a New Orleans firm and placed it at the disposal of Gen. Bonilla. In the statement are incorporated telegrams from the consul of Honduras at New Orleans reporting that the agents of Bonilla represented that an expedition, had been arranged; that Gens. Bonilla and Christmas left New Orleans probably on the Hornet which sailed for Cabo Gracias on the 24th ultimo; and that the United States Government had ordered that any filibustering vessel be captured. On the 6th instant the Honduran consul at Belize telegraphed that the Hornet was in Roatan. The expedition of Gen. Bonilla left Roatan aboard the Hornet and captured Trujillo on the 10th instant.

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On the 11th the President of Salvador expressed his interest in the peace of Honduras in a telegram addressed to the President of Honduras.

The minister of Honduras at Washington cabled on the 16th instant that the Department had repeated instructions to its agents in Managua and Guatemala to prevent violation of neutrality.

The President of Nicaragua on January 17 informed the President of Honduras of the absolute neutrality of Nicaragua and of the measures taken by him to prevent any action which might tend to assist the Honduran revolutionists.

Telegrams from the commandants at Amapala and Puerto Cortes and the minister at-Washington report the detention of the Hornet at Trujillo and the unloading from the steamer Fjell, at Puerto Cortes, of coal alleged to have been destined for the Hornet.

I have, etc.,

Fenton R. McCreery.
  1. Not printed.