815.00/1896: Telegram

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

Immediately after receipt of your cable of July 20, 11 p.m. I requested audience with Bertrand. I called upon him at 8 p.m. and delivered orally the substance of your message to him in a polite but emphatic manner. He replied that unless furnished in writing, formally and officially, he could make no reply, that his eyes and ears were closed to everything not officially presented. He expressed appreciation and thanks for friendly interest of the Government of the United States for peace and harmony in Honduras and said that it has been and will be his endeavor to always maintain very best relations with the Government of the United States but made no reply as to freedom in elections.

President Bertrand informed me that he would send a new Minister to Washington very soon but did not mention his name.

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