File No. 711.38/35.
The Acting Secretary of State to Chargé Davis.
Washington, September 27, 1915—8 p.m.
Your September 25, 3 p.m. Past telegraphic instructions should have made perfectly clear purpose of this Government to support duly constituted authorities, all the more so since the recognition of the present Government by the United States.
To prevent ill-advised legislators from seeking to produce a situation out of which one of their number may hope to ascend to the presidency, you should, if the fears expressed in your September 25, 3 p.m., seem likely of realization, opportunely let it be known that this Government will not countenance efforts, either direct or indirect, to overthrow Dartiguenave administration, to support which the United States purposes to lend all proper aid so long as that administration shall adopt the steps necessary to give to Haiti peace and prosperity.
Every effort should be made to obtain ratification promptly by Congress now in session as the Department would view with regret course forecast in your telegram under reference.
Cooperate with Admiral Caperton to the end that purpose of our policy be clearly understood.