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

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814.00/490: Telegram
The Minister in Guatemtla (McMillin) to the Secretary of State
GUATEMALA, June 26, 1920-noon.
[Received 11: 45 p.m.]
106. Department's telegram June 21, 3 a.m. [p.m.] not received
until June 24. I at once carried out instructions by extending
recognition. It gave great satisfaction to the Guatemalan Govern-
ment and was joyfully received both by natives and Americans
residing here.
The affairs of the new Government improve steadily.
814.00/503: Telegram
The Minister in Guatemnala (McMillin) to the Secretary of State
GUATEMALA, August 29, 1920-noon.
[Received 11:28 p.m.]
125. Herrera overwhelmingly elected in a fair and quiet election.
He received above 225,000 votes against 6,800 for Castillo and 5,300
for Fuentes. The official vote will not change these figures very
materially.                                         MoMILuIN
The Secretary of State to the Minister in Guatemala (McMillin)
No. 390                            WASHINGTON, June 11, 1920.
SIR: The Department is informed by Mr. Henry W. Catlin, a
representative of the Electric Bond and Share Company, that this
company has purchased four hundred ninety-five shares of the
Empresa Electrica de Guatemala at a cost of $495,000 cash, and that
the company has encountered difficulties in connection with the trans-
fer of the stock to it. He states that the former manager of the
concern, Maximo Obst, a German, has refused to transfer the register
of stock holders to the new owners.'6
The Department understands that the sale of the stock of the
Empresa Electrica de Guatemala represents a closed transaction. It
1F For previous correspondence relating to this subject, see Foreign Relations,
1919, vol. ii, pp. 287 ff.
l1 The 495 shares, out of a total of 600, had been taken over by the Guatemalan
Alien Property Custodian and were sold by him, Mar. 31, 1920 (file no.

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