File No. 811f.812/756a.

To the Diplomatic Officers of the United States in Denmark, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Uruguay.


Department’s telegram January 28 last. Communicate following to Minister of Foreign Affairs:

In view of intention that celebration formal opening Panama Canal should be a fête in which whole world could take part, as it was to commemorate opening of waterway for use of all nations, and because of present distressing conditions throughout world, the Congress of the United States decided that, as this was not a moment when nations of the world desired to participate in an international fête, it was desirable to abandon original plan. The President, therefore, will not proceed to Panama in July, and the ceremonies will accordingly not take place.