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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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interview with Estrada Cabrera obtain from him the declaration
mentioned in the last sentence.
814.00/362: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State, to the Minister in Guatemiala
WASHINGTON, March 19, 1920-4 p.m.
22. Department's March 18, 5 p.m.
Department suggested that first four points of Department's
March 17, 5 p.m. be included in President Estrada Cabrera's proc-
lamation. Department has no objection to the proclamation con-
taining, after the third point, an explanation to the effect that crimes
punishable by the laws of the country are, not to be considered
" political reasons ".
The Department does not insist on the inclusion of the fourth
point in the proclamation but will be content with a verbal assur-
ance from President Estrada, Cabrera that prisoners will not be
subjected to torture or flogging.
These conclusions have been come to after a conference with
Doctor Toledo Herrarte,7 and the Minister of Guatemala, who will
telegraph their government accordingly.
814.00/366: Telegram
The Minister in Guatemala (McMillin) to the Acting Secretary
of State
GUATEMALA, March 21, 1920 10 a.m.
[Received March 22-4: 04 a.m.]
46. On receipt of Department's 20, March 17, 10 a.m. [5 p.m.]
and 21 March 18, 5 p.m. I arranged interview with the, President
to carry out above stated instructions. When I made them known
to him he requested me to express to our Government his gratitude
for its confidence, and action and his willingness to make, the procla-
mation embracing the three points indicated in the Department's
221 [22], March 19, 4 p.m.
When the situation became desperate here both sides urged the
diplomatic corps to try to find a solution as heretofore reported.
Protesting our want of authority or inclination to interfere in the
nations affairs, we agreed finally to extend our unofficial good offices
7 Chief of the Guatemalan Special Mission to the United States.

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