Mr. Hall to Mr. Bayard .
Guatemala , March 25, 1885. (Received April 18.)
Sir: I respectfully invite your attention to the accompanying copy of a letter from Mr. T. S. Leverich, special agent of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, and of one addressed to President Barrios by Mr. Batres, minister from Guatemala to the United States.
These letters report an attempt on the part of the Salvadorian authorities at La Libertad to force the captain of the Pacific Mail steamer Granada to give up certain of his passengers, Señor Batres among them.
It would appear that it having become known that a boat and a certain sum of money, to be used for political purposes in Honduras, were on board the Granada and bound for Amapala, the comandante endeavored to compel Captain Connolly not only to give up the boat and crew of five men, but also the Guatemalan minister to Washington, Señor Antonio Batres, or to pledge himself not to touch at Amapala, threatening him and refusing to give him his clearance unless he should comply. This the captain declined to do, and threatened to use his revolver.
In face of this determined attitude a compromise was made, and the captain agreed to communicate with Captain Dow, the agent at Panama, on which promise he was allowed to proceed. At the same time President Zaldivar telegraphed me requesting that the captain be instructed to return the men to San José de Guatemala, in order to avoid an act of hostility being committed against his Government. I did not consider it necessary, however, to comply with this request.
The Government of Salvador, I would add, makes continual use of these steamers for the transport of munitions of war; and the Honduras [Page 89] lately brought from Corinto 33 boxes of arms and 130 cases of cartridges consigned to Dr. Zaldivar at La Libertad.
The other Republics also do not hesitate to avail themselves of them, and the same steamer Honduras carried from Punta Arenas (Costa Rica) to Corinto 57 boxes of arms and accouterments consigned to the Nicaraguan Government.
I am, &c.,