File No. 818.00/84
The Secretary of State to Minister Hale
Washington, March 15, 1917—6 p.m.
Department’s February 9, 3 p.m. and February 17, 1 p.m. Your February 13, 5 p.m. If you have not already done so, you will confer with ex-Presidents and Chiefs of Legislatures of Costa Rica. Explain to them carefully the attitude of the Department as mentioned in the cables referred to above.
You will informally and discreetly suggest to them that they give out the information referred to, to the end that the people of Costa Rica may be given a fair understanding of the attitude of the Government of the United States.
Report in full by cable the results of your action in the matter.