033.1132/64: Telegram

The Ambassador in Argentina ( Stimson ) to the Acting Secretary of State

3. The Secretary of State was prevented by press of work from accompanying the Mayor on a tour of the city and a visit to the [Page 235] Colon Opera House yesterday. At nine in the evening the official banquet took place in the Government house, the Minister for Foreign Affairs presiding and opposite him the Vice President. It was a most cordial and successful occasion. The entire Government house was splendidly illuminated with electric lights in Mr. Colby’s honor. His speech delivered was entirely different from that given by the newspapers and distinctly the most successful speech I have ever heard here on a public occasion in Argentina and the members of the Cabinet, justices of the Supreme Court, and other Argentine authorities present [at] the dinner all expressed themselves to me to the same effect as many of them understood enough English to follow it. Today the President will call upon him at the Plaza Hotel and he will depart this evening for the Florida in the Uruguayan Roads. He himself traveling on the Uruguayan gunboat but a part of his staff with Admiral Bassett and my naval attaché will go on the Argentine gunboat Libertad which will give the national salute to the Florida. The tone of all the newspapers is most cordial and I consider the visit a great success.91

  1. The Secretary was in Argentina Jan. 1–4, 1921.