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(1923)

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HONDURAS
EFFORTS BY THE UNITED STATES TO ALLAY FACTIONAL DISSEN-
SIONS AMONG CANDIDATES FOR THE PRESIDENCY IN HONDURAS
815.00/2561
The Minister in Honduras (Morales) to the Secretary of State
No. 328                        TEGUCIGALPA, April 7,1923.
[Received April 21.]
SIR: I have the honor to report as follows on the political situation
in the Republic of Honduras for the period ending April 7, 1923.
As reported in the Legation's despatch No. 318 dated March 31,
1923,1 the conference of the Presidential candidates is scheduled for
Sunday, April 8th, but it is rumored that it will not take place owing
to the fact that Dr. Bonilla is not pleased with the representative
sent by Dr. Arias. He would prefer to have the latter attend person-
ally.
Consistent rumors are current to the effect that Sefnor Miguel Paz
Barahona, candidate for vice-President with General Carias, has
left the north coast to come to Tegucigalpa for the purpose of per-
suading General Carias to withdraw in favor of either Dr. Jacinto
Mesa, prominent attorney, resident of San Pedro Sula or Dr. Mar-
iano Vasquez, former Minister for Foreign Affairs in the cabinet
of President Bertrand.
I am informed that Dr. Bonilla is perfectly willing to withdraw
provided the other candidates will follow his initiative. Dr. Arias
is also agreeable to the plan. General Carias is the only one holding
out.
The President is hopeful that the withdrawal of all candidates
can be arranged and should this be accomplished there would be
only one candidate left which would naturally assure peace.
By Congressional decree of April 4th, the elections for President,
vice-President, members of the Supreme Court and deputies to the
National Congress will be held on October 28, 1923 and the two
days following that date.
I have [etc.]                       FRANKLIN E. MoRALEs
'Not printed.
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