File No. No. 763.72112/7158

The Chargé in Honduras ( Curtis ) to the Secretary of State

[Telegram]

Your February 23, 7 p.m., brought to the attention of the President and Minister for Foreign Affairs orally yesterday afternoon, omitting reference to surveys now under way for the new port as none are being made. There were also other minor omissions due to mutilations. I did not consider it advisable to mention next to last paragraph of your cable.

The President stated positively that there is absolutely no German control or interest in the National Agency and explained the Germans claimed they would be paid for them [the lighters] owing to the statement made by the Honduranean Government when canceling exequaturs of the German consuls that Germans would receive still the protection provided by the laws, this being the only assurance of any kind they have had. He stated that the celebration was of birthday of some German royalty.

As to the manager of the National Agency, he intimated that he would be changed if you wish.

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He offered no objection to your other proposals, but asked that the entire matter be set forth in writing for his consideration, and I, this morning, sent an aide-mémoire to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

It seems probable your proposals will be accepted, but that I shall be asked to cable for a general license for all cargo now at Amapala, or at La Unión, or afloat. …

Curtis