Messersmith, G.S., Mexico City. To Philip Bonsal, Washington.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Permanent Committee of Mexican Congress met evening of July 3 to honor U.S. and other American republics; was guest of honor, but chiefs of mission of other American republics invited; speeches effective and enthusiastic; July 4 hectic; at 9:30 attended ceremony for naming avenue in honor of Benjamin Franklin; speeches included long harangue by [Vicente] Lombardo Toledano; was to speak over radio to U.S. at noon, but couldn't leave as Mexicans would have considered it an insult; [Guy Walter] Ray read Messersmith's speech; arrived at broadcasting station in time for broadcast to South America; at 2 o'clock had luncheon in Residence for Cabinet, Chiefs of Mission, and Foreign Office personnel and their wives, 92 in all; did not have reception at Embassy on July 4 as has been customary; was told the city crowded with American tourists who invaded the Embassy so that invited guests found it difficult to get in; had scores of telegrams from all over Mexico on occasion of the 4th, symptomatic of change in feeling toward U.S.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.