File No. 814.48/9
The Secretary of State to Chargé Thurston
Washington, December 30, 1917, 6 p.m.
Your December 28, 4 p.m. Department commends your activity and your promptness in reporting under prevailing conditions. The Government of the United States offers to you and the other members of the Legation and Consulate as well as to the entire American [Page 758]colony its sincerest sympathy in the great disaster which has overtaken you and wishes to assure you whatever assistance it is possible for it to give.
Telegraph number of destitute Americans wishing transportation to United States.
You may officially assist in relief work keeping in mind that funds for such work are supplied by American Red Cross and not by Department.
Assure President Estrada Cabrera of the support and cooperation of the Government of the United States in this hour of trial.