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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

Costa Rica,   pp. 803-876 PDF (23.6 MB)


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COSTA RICA
POLITICAL AFFAIRS
Organization of Tinoco's Opponents in Nicaragua; Representations to Nica-
ragua by the United States-Unsuccessful Invasion of Costa Rica by Julio
Acosta-Reports by the Consul at San Jose of Threats against Americans-
Bomb Explosion at the Legation, May 19-Revolutionary Affray at the
Consulate, June 12-Summoning of the Gunboat " Castine " to Port
Limon-
Further Incursions from Nicaragua-Proposals for Joint Action of the
Other Central American States; Approval of the United States
818.00/533: Telegram
The Consul at San Jose (Chase) to the Acting Secretary of State
SAN JOSEi, January 15, 1919, 9 p.m.
[Received January 17, 4.27 a.m.]'
Much military activity and the air full of rumors. Recruits being
made, troops sent toward both oceans today. Recently Arturo Volio
and others imprisoned, property of Juan Gomez molested but he
was not found, are now after him. Joaquin Tinoco reported having
been at Causill [Cartago?] today conferring with ex-President
Ricardo Jimenez. Usaga and gang now in San Jose, it is rumored,
to assassinate certain merchants should trouble arise. It may be
another case of terrorizing the people and looting the Treasury.
CHASE
818.00/535: Telegram
The Consul at San Jose (Chase) to the Acting Secretary of State
SAN JOSE, January 18, 1919, 1 P.M.
[Received January 19, 6 p.m.]
Over 5000 recruits gathered; others being brought. General work
suspended because men not taken are in hiding. Several hundred
men with Joaquin Tinoco in command left here last night towards
the Pacific coast. Ammunition not delivered to the men until ar-
rival at destination because not trusted. Extra session of Congress
called for 23rd, ostensibly for peaceable matters; rumored meets to-
day to declare war on Nicaragua. The people have great hopes
present Congress will stop this intolerable situation of affairs and
eliminate Tinoco. Reported that Joaquin Tinoco told ex-President
Text printed from corrected copy received Jan. 17, 4.09 p.m.
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