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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1920
(1920)

Guatemala,   pp. 718-759 PDF (13.5 MB)


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GUATEMALA                       721
political leaders would create a most unfortunate impression in this
country. Impress upon him the necessity of according to all per-
sons, accused of conspiracy, the safeguards of a fair and public trial
by the regularly constituted Tribunals of the country.
Keep Department fully informed of further developments in situa-
tion. Department is assured by Navy Department that three de-
stroyers will arrive at Puerto Cortez tomorrow. Commander of
squadron has been instructed to get into telegraphic communication
with you immediately upon arrival at Puerto Cortez.
LANSING
814.00/344: Telegram
The Minister in Guatemala (McMillin) to the Secretary of State
GUATEMALA, February 7, 1920-3 p.m.
[Received February 8-4:40 p.m.]
26. British and French representatives here and many Ameri-
cans and other nationals conferred with me about disturbed condi-|
tions, numerous arrests, and danger of bloodshed.
Realizing their fears not without foundation I obtained inter-
view with the President February 5th laying before hini the situa-
tion deferentially but directly. His reception and manner were cor-
dial but he had not before realized the magnitude, apparently, of
the opposition to his regime; situation somewhat improved. Depart-
ment's 8 3 potent for good.
MCOMILLUN
814.00/345: Telegram
The Minister in Gualtemala (Mcllidtn) to the Secretary of State
GUATEMALA, February 9, 1920-5 p.m.
[Received February 10-6: 45 p.m.]
27. Department's 8, February 6, 11 a.m. I have carried out in-
structions above mentioned telegram. Following is President's
reply.
" You can be absolutely sure that the trials referred to will be
followed and resolved in entire accord with the laws of the coun-
try; neither in the initiation of said trials nor in anything of
their procedure will there be any failure to follow the strictly legal
course determined by the laws themselves."
MOMILLIN
'Supra.


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