810.79611 Pan American Airways, Inc./99: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Honduras (Summerlin)

[Paraphrase]

60. Department has been informed by the Pan American Airways, Incorporated, that Mr. MacGregor, their representative, is experiencing difficulty in securing a contract for air mail service. The company says that it would be very helpful if you would discuss the matter in its behalf with the President of Honduras. It is the desire of the Department that you do so as soon as possible.

The Post Office Department has just awarded a contract to the Pan American Airways for air mail service from Key West to the Panama Canal via Cuba, Mexico, British Honduras, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. The Department is very anxious that this American concern should be able to begin operations without delay.

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It is the feeling of the Pan American Airways that the German aviation interests in Colombia may have inspired some of the hostile press reports in Honduras. This is not unlikely, as they have been hostile to American interests. A report in this matter is requested. The Department, of course, desires very much that the air mail service be in the hands of a reliable American organization.

Kellogg