File No. 817.00.
The American Consul at Managua to the Secretary of State.
Managua, January 1, 1911.
Estrada’s message praises loyalty of Conservatives to the revolution; the President declares he will surround himself with them, but will make his administration a national and not a party one. Complete religious freedom; freedom of the press within proper limits; constitutional prohibition of executive influence with the judiciary and its independence, which the President declares he will respect as sacred. Noninterference in Central American political affairs. Gratitude to the United States. Modern school system; gradual decrease and disarmament of the Army beyond adequate police requirements; agricultural development; construction of a railroad to the Atlantic coast; reduction of import duties and abolition of export duties; negotiation of a loan through the good offices of the United States; currency reform; strict economy in the administration of the Government.