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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 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.
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.
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
" 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."

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