File No. 817.812/110.
Minister Hale to the Secretary of State .
San José , February 3, 1915 .
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Department’s telegram of January 28, which reached me the next day. * * * Before I could take the steps necessary to enable me to answer Department’s inquiry—namely, if I found the Government here to be in the same state of mind regarding the proposed canal treaty as the Costa Rican Minister at Washington—La Información of February 2 published a page of comment on the subject, which I enclose, with translation. It would seem from the President’s reply to La Información’s [Page 1106] interviewer that he is now of the same mind as when I made known to him the contents of Mr. Bryan’s letter to me of July 24. Please see my letter to Mr. Bryan of August 13, in which I made a report of my conversation with the President. * * *
In view of the article from La Información (enclosure 1), I thought it best to address an informal note to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs as in the copy enclosed (enclosure 2). Upon receipt of a reply from the Secretary, I will telegraph its substance to the Department.
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