825.00/282: Telegram

The Ambassador in Chile (Collier) to the Secretary of State


55. Foreign Minister in his personal capacity and in the name of the Government called to express thanks for the hospitality which I extended to Alessandri; also for the form of press statement included in my number 53, September 9. Several hundred people, including many of the opposition, have visited the Embassy with full permission of the Government to pay their respects to Alessandri. All appeared deeply touched by the fact that I had refrained from [Page 358] saying that I had afforded him asylum and instead had stated that I had extended him hospitality thereby avoiding the implication that his life was in danger. Complete calm and order prevail.