815.00/1821: Telegram

The Minister in Honduras ( Jones ) to the Acting Secretary of State

Referring to your telegram March 15th, 7 p.m. Today I had an interview with President Bertrand who emphatically denied threatened disorders and said not only quietude prevailed, but not a political prisoner was in jail today in the entire Republic and that there would be free elections.

He said that foreign companies here always inquired as to who was persona grata with the Government and that this had been recently done, that some one advised Woodsum who called, inquired, and was told the facts. Bertrand said that it was natural and proper that these corporations should have attorneys agreeable to those with whom they dealt, but that he had made no demands. As no specific complaints have been made to me by the corporations I could not argue though they advised me that they had been forced to make the changes to keep in with the Government.