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

No. 285

Sir: The Department acknowledges the receipt of your telegram of December 9, 4 p.m. and of your despatch No. 68 of the same [Page 398] date18 reporting that the American flag had been torn down and insulted by a group of inebriated Honduraneans in Juticalpa on the occasion of the visit of President Bertrand on December 7th.

Your action in informally taking the matter up with the Honduran Minister for Foreign Affairs and in requesting full details is approved. You are hereby directed to inform the Minister for Foreign Affairs in an informal manner of the regret with which the Department has learned of this occurrence and to suggest that those responsible for the insult to the flag when apprehended be appropriately dealt with.

I am [etc.]

For the Acting Secretary of State:
Alvey A. Adee
  1. Despatch not printed.