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ARTICLE II. The Congress now in session will call an election for the national officers, which election will be held in October of this year.

ARTICLE III. The Government organized by virtue of the election had in conformity with the preceding article, will carry out the obligation imposed by paragraph C.

ARTICLE IV. The provisional government as well as that organized as a result of the elections of October next will respect the promises of the Government and of the Revolution.

ARTICLE V. The forces of the Government and of the Revolution will deposit their arms, which, together with the war material of both armies in campaign will be deposited as follows: (a) The revolutionary forces that operate in the north coast will deposit the war material in La Ceiba and Puerto Cortes ; (6) The forces of Gen. Tiburcio Carias Á will deliver their arms and war material in Comayagua; the forces under the immediate command of Gen. Gutierrez, in Tegucigalpa ; the other forces which obey the orders of the same chief, where most convenient; the forces under command of Gen. Salamanca, in Choluteca; the forces of Gen. Francisco Lopez, in Santa Barbara; (c) The revolutionary forces under command of Col. Marin, in Danli or Yuscaran, and the revolutionary forces that operate in the Departments of Yoro and Olancho in Yoro and Juticalpa.

ARTICLE VI. The conference recommends to the provisional government the settlement of the public debt, as a means of recovering the national credit, which is without doubt indispensible for the development of the country.

ARTICLE VII. The honor and patriotism of the provisional government and of all Hondurans guarantee the strict fulfillment of this agreement, which has for its highest aim the securing and retention of public tranquility and the constant promotion of concord in the Honduran family.

3. The president stated that, referring to the matter mentioned in point 6 of the minutes of the third session and in deference now to the repeated requests of both delegations, that he should give to the conference his opinion concerning the candidate of the six proposed that would be most desirable for the general interests of Honduras, and said that he believed that Dr. Francisco Bertrand is the best, under all aspects and conditions, so far as he could judge from what had been said and discussed in the 10 days of sessions during which this conference had continued.

4. The session was adjourned to March 4, 1911.

File No. 815.00/1157.

The Special Commissioner to the Secretary of State.

[Telegram-Paraphrase.]

PUERTO CORTES, March 4, 1911. Mr. Dawson 'reports the receipt of a telegram of this date from Dávila accepting the peace arrangement; that the President and Vice President are expected to resign and that Congress will elect Bertrand as first designate.

Flle No. 815.00/1235.

The Special Commissioner to the American Minister.

[Telegram.]

PUERTO CORTES, March 4, 1911. Having satisfactorily attained its principal object, the peace conference suspended its sessions to-day to meet at chairman's call.

President's telegram of approval reached his representative, also other telegrams expressing satisfaction. The representatives believe prompt cooperative action by Congress desirable.

Direct telegraphic communication from Ceiba and here to Paraiso Department is difficult and uncertain; therefore the representatives request that you communicate to the revolutionary leaders there that conference has agreed that peace is assured and urging suspension of their military operations in accordance with bases. Copy of latter has been telegraphed to President.

Tuomas Dawson. File No. 815.00/1165. The Special Commissioner to the Secretary of State.

[Telegram--Paraphrase.]

PUERTO CORTES, March 7, 1911. Mr. Dawson says Bertrand was elected first designate by Congress on this date; that the Vice President was expected to arrive at the capital the following day; and that many of the Government forces were retiring for the purpose of disarmament. Adds that he will arrive in Washington March 19.

File No. 815.00/1180.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.

(Telegram-Paraphrase.)

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Tegucigalpa, March 10, 1911. Mr. McCreery says the President has sent a communication to the conference in which he states that he will resign and leave the Vice President to face the situation, or that he will deliver the presidency to Bertrand before the Congress at Tegucigalpa. The conference resolved that the oath of office should be taken by the new Executive in Puerto Cortes and that Dávila should act as military commander unitil his arrival in Tegucigalpa. Mr. McCreery has suggested to Mr. Dawson as a barely possible compromise the immediate resignation of the Vice President, the military command and stores of department to be delivered to second designate, the immediate departure of the first designate for the capital and a solemn inauguration on his arrival to be participated in by all parties.

File No. 815.00/1235.
No. 145.]

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 12, 1911. SIR: I have the honor to inclose a copy of a telegram' requesting me in the name of the peace conference at Puerto Cortes to communicate to the revolutionary leaders in the Department of Paraiso that the conference had agreed that peace was assured and to urge suspension of their military operations in accordance with the bases. I inclose a copy of my communication of the 5th instant' addressed

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to the commanders which, together with the bases, was telegraphed for delivery as far as the lines were open.

Mr. Henry P. Lewis overtook the revolutionists to the number of about 1,000 at Santa Lucia, 9 miles from this city. Mr. Lewis delivered my communication, made at the request of the conference, to Gen. Antonio M. Monterroso, general in chief, in the presence of other Bonilla commanders.

In this connection it might be mentioned that the armistice went into effect on February 8 and the bases were signed on March 3. I have, etc.,

FENTON R. McCREERY.

Filc No. 815.00/1187.

[Telegram-Paraphrase.)

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Tegucigalpa, March 13, 1911. Mr. McCreery refers to his March 10, and says, after a conference with the President, he was able to telegraph Mr. Dawson that the President would instruct his representative in the conference to propose the immediate resignation of the Vice President, the delivery of command of all Government forces to Rafael López Gutiérrez, the inauguration of Bertrand at Tegucigalpa, and that practical arrangements for disarmament was important. The conference and Dr. Bertrand had accepted the proposal on this date.

File No. 815.00/1221.
The Secretaries of the Peace Conference to the President of the

United States.

[Translation.]

PUERTO CORTES, HONDURAS, March 14, 1911. EXCELLENCY: In compliance with special instructions from the peace conference, we have the honor to transmit to you the following:

Tenth ordinary session. The session opened on the 4th of March, 1911, on board the Tacoma, in Puerto Cortes. The Hon. Thomas C. Dawson presided, assisted by the Delegates Membreño Dávila and Rosales and the undersigned secretaries.

The proceedings were as follows:

11. It is the desire of the delegation to put on record the following resolution:

(a) To give a vote of thanks to the President of the United States of America, the Hon. William H. Taft, for his friendly mediation toward the reestablishment of peace in the Republic of Honduras.

With assurances of respectful consideration for Your Excellency, we are, etc.,

Dr. F. A. MATUTI.
CLAUDE I. DAWSON.
MANUEL F. BARAHONA.

Flle No. 815.00/1188.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.

(Telegram-Paraphrase.)

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Tegucigalpa, March 14, 1911. Mr. McCreery says he is advised by the President of Honduras that Congress has accepted the resignation of the Vice President, that Gen. Rafael López Gutiérrez has been given command, and that Gen. Carias has ordered his troops to Comayagua from Santa Cruz in accordance with peace agreement.

File No. 815.00/1194.
The Special Commissioner to the Secretary of State.

[Telegram-Paraphrase.)

PUERTO CORTES, March 16, 1911. Mr. Dawson says the Vice President has resigned, Dávila is under pledge to retire, and as Bertrand has been elected first designate he becomes Constitutional President upon his arrival at the capital.

File No. 815.00/1193.
The American Minister to the Secretary of State.
[Telegram-Parapbrase.)

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Tegucigalpa, March 17, 1911. Mr. McCreery says at yesterday's session the conference extended to him a vote of thanks for his efficacious and opportune services to the body in its labors for peace.

labors is for his day's sesgucigalpa,

File No. 815.00/1254.

(Extract.] No. 160.]

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 25, 1911. Sir: I have the honor to report that this afternoon the diplomatic and consular corps rode out some three miles to meet the President Designate. Dr. Bertrand was accompanied by about 300 persons, including the members of the peace conference, friends, delegations from the Congress, the Executive and the Supreme Court, and some 50 armed men. As we approached the city, the cavalcade increased in numbers. First rode a small troop of cavalry. Next came Dr. Bertrand, on a white mule. I rode on his right, the Mexican minister on his left, and heads of delegations on either side. The streets were filled with people. An expression of relief, of satisfaction, and almost of joy was seen on every face. Perfect order prevailed.

All political factions cooperated to bring about the first peaceful entrance of a new executive that the capital of Honduras has seen in many years. I have, etc.,

FENTON R. McCREERY.

fileais left, and heads mule. I rode toon of cavalry. alade

File No. 815.00/1221.

The Secretary of State to the Secretaries of the Peace Conference,

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE,

Washington, March 28, 1911. GENTLEMEN: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 14th instant in which, in fulfillment of special instructions of the peace conference at Puerto Cortes, you quote the resolution adopted by the delegates thereťo at their meeting on March 4: “ To give a vote of thanks to the President of the United States of America, the Hon. William H. Taft, for his friendly mediation toward the reestablishment of peace in the Republic of Honduras.”

Having laid your communication before the President, I am happy to discharge the duty he has entrusted to me by making known to you, and through you to the honorable delegates, his high appreciation of their courteous recognition of his friendly efforts toward the settlement of the differences which have disturbed the peaceful progress of a Republic whose welfare and prosperity he has so much at heart.

In the fervent hope that the labors of the conference will result in that stability of government so necessary to the happiness and well-being of the Honduran people, I have, etc.,

P. C. Knos.

File No. 815.00/1266.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.

No. 163.]

AMERICAN LEGATION,

Tegucigalpa, April 1, 1911. SIR: I have the honor to inclose copy and translation of a manifesto to the nation issued by President Bertrand on the 29th ultimo.?

The President states that the government of Gen. Dávila and the provisional government of Gen. Bonilla have given to the country unequivocal proofs of abnegation and patriotism by submitting their differences to a peace conference which met in Puerto Cortes aboard the Tacoma under the presidency of a delegate of the Government of the United States, who acted as friendly mediator; that the outcome of the conference was his designation for the presidency and the bases which will serve as guide for his Government; that he considers his Government as truly national; that his Government will have only time to put into practice the bases which constitute his political and administrative program, but that it will, in so far as possible, attend to all branches of the public service.

The President invites all Hondurans to forget past differences, to support the Government, and thus united work for the best interests of Honduras. I have, etc.,

FENTON R. McCREERY.

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