File No. 832.461/2
Ambassador Morgan to the Secretary of State
Rio de Janeiro, July 5, 1917, 11 a.m.
A remarkable demonstration of friendship for the United States and a further step toward cooperation with the cause of the Allies marked the commemoration yesterday of Independence Day by the Brazilian Government. The President of the Republic visited the flagship of Admiral Caperton’s squadron and on the initiative of the Minister of Marine there was a street parade of marines and bluejackets in which the crews of the American, French and British war vessels in Rio de Janeiro Harbor participated in the company of a Brazilian naval contingent, a total of 2,600 men. Our boys received a popular ovation which was as sincere as it was spontaneous.