File No. 815.77/101.
The American Minister to the Secretary of State.
Tegucigalpa, February 8, 1912.
Sir: Referring to your cablegram of the 5th instant, in regard to the fears expressed for Mr. Washington S. Valentine that he may be dispossessed of the wharf and railroad at Puerto Cortés without adjustment of his claims in connection with them, I have the honor herewith to enclose a copy and a translation of a note of yesterday’s date, received last evening from the Minister for Foreign Affairs in reply to a note1 which I addressed to him on the 6th instant and in which I paraphrased your above-mentioned telegram. The Minister’s note is accompanied by certified copies of Decree No. 281 of the National Congress, dated the 5th instant, whereby the Executive was called upon immediately to proceed to recover the National Railroad, and the Executive Order, also dated the 5th instant, whereby the President directed the Governor of the Department of Cortes to take possession of the said railway with its appurtenances and accessories.
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