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The Minister in Colombia ( Philip ) to the Secretary of State

La Cronica, the only paper here which has abstained from very severe criticism of our attitude in the petroleum question, made the statement some days ago that it did not believe the United States would make a similar proposal for an agreement to guarantee acquired subsoil rights to any of the great powers. It likewise challenged this Legation to cite the existence of any analogous pact between the United States and any other country. I respectfully request information as to whether any such agreement has been consummated in the past.