File No. 837.00/1056
The Secretary of State to Minister Gonzales
Washington, January 26, 1917—4 p.m.
Your January 22, noon. Department has given careful consideration to statements made in your cablegram and agrees with you that employment of force by either party at this time would cause far more serious and difficult situation than has hitherto arisen in the Republic of Cuba.
Your action in conferring informally with President at this time is approved. Should occasion arise and you consider it necessary, you may intimate to the President that this Government has been viewing with a great deal of friendly interest the present political situation in Cuba and has felt gratified that the differences of opinion were being settled according to the manner prescribed by law; that any action which would cause disturbance in Cuba and upsetting of the extremely good economic conditions would be decidedly regrettable inasmuch as the eyes of all American nations are turned upon Cuba at this time in consequence of the great strides which the Republic has made in political and commercial advancement.