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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919

Nicaragua,   pp. 659-677 PDF (5.8 MB)

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The Minister stated that he had just received a telegram from
his Government in regard to the recent disturbances in Bluefields.
The telegram stated that in view of the partition [petition] signed
by the foreign residents of Bluefields protesting against the lawless-
ness prevalent in the district and requesting protection to their
persons and property, and suggesting the intervention of Ameri-
can Marines to restore peace and order, the Government of Nicaragua
has issued an order expelling the signers of the petition. Three
months, however, have been given to the residents to leave the
country. The Minister further stated that several signers of the
petition had made advances to the Nicaraguan Government with a
view to their being permitted to remain, but that in many other
cases no such steps had been taken by the signers of the petition.
These, it was stated, would be expelled within three months. Mr.
Greene asked the Minister whether he did not think that the ex-
pulsion of the signers of the petition was not too drastic a punish-
ment for a protest against the lawlessness in Bluefields. The Minis-
ter replied that it seemed to him that it depended on the manner
in which the petition was worded.
817.00/2589: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Nicaragua
WASHINGTON, April 26, 919, 5 p.m.
Department has received under date. of April 9, copy of report
sent you by Consul at Bluefields regarding lawless conditions in
that city which have resulted in the murder of an American named
Martin, and in the sending of a petition from residents of Blue-
fields to the Consul asking for protection.
If, in your judgment, it is advisable, immediately make written
representations to the Government of Nicaragua stating that this
Government expects that the person or persons responsible for the
murder of Martin will be promptly brought to justice and reserving
right to present claim for indemnity.

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