No. 86.
Mr. Hall to Mr. Bayard.

No. 650.]

Sir: Recurring to my dispatch numbered 586, I beg leave to inclose an extract and translation, from a newspaper of Salvador, giving an account of an alleged scheme of ex-President Zaldivar and General Fabio Moran, to send an expedition against the Government of that state and of the action taken by the Government of Nicaragua to frustrate it. This expedition is referred to in my No. 644, of which President Menendez gave information to President Barillas.

The vessel which was to have conveyed the expedition, it is said, was purchased and fitted out at Panama by General Moran, Zaldivar’s chief. It was to have touched at some designated point on the coast of Nicaragua and have taken from there a hundred and upwards Salvadorian refugees. The proposed place of landing was La Unioo, in the Gulf of Fonseca, where, it appears, the co-operation of some military chiefs had been secured for the scheme of revolutionizing Salvador and reinstating ex-President Zaldivar, whose efforts to regain power are persistent, but will no doubt continue to end in failure.

I have, etc.,

Henry C. Hall.
[Inclosure in No. 650.—Translation.—From the Correo del Comercio of Salvador.]


We publish to-day without comments an editorial of the El Independiento of Granada, relating to a frustrated revolution against the Government of this Republic, which some Salvadorian emigrés, under the auspices of Messrs. Zaldivar and Morán had organized in Nicaragua.

As our readers will have noticed, the editorial to which we refer gave us no particulars; it is limited to denouncing the act and to eulogizing the conduct observed under the circumstances by the new President of the neighboring Republic, Señor Don Everisto Carazo.

From data obtained from entirely impartial sources, we can to-day make known to our readers that nothing less was proposed than the embarkation of more than a hundred men who, through deception, had been enlisted and conducted to the uninhabited coast by the revolutionists with the object of placing them on board of the vessel recently purchased by Señor Morn for invading Salvador.

The men had been told that the object of the gathering was to capture a large quantity of contraband liquors and tobacco, but when they arrived at the point agreed upon they were made acquainted with the object of the enterprise; they were informed at the same time that their landing would be effected at La Union, and that by that time some of the departments of the Republic would have pronounced against the Government of General Menendez, in accordance with agreements made with several military chiefs in the interior of the Republic.

Fortunately, the Government of Nicaragua, being advised in time, sent a detachment in pursuit of the revolters; ordered the emigrés at Rivas, who were in league with them, to remove to Granada, and thus frustrated their plans without the shedding of blood, or creating a scandal for Nicaraguan society.

As we learn, General Menendez has been cognizant since Holy week, when these occurrences took place, of all the particulars of the affair; he knows who they are that, within and outside of the country, conspire in union with Messrs. Zaldivar and Morán against the Government, and yet he remains tranquil and has molested no one.

We commend his course, as we also commend that of the President of Nicaragua, who has fulfilled his obligations as becomes his high position, in breaking up revolutionary projects against a sister and friendly Republic, conceived by those who imagine they have come into the world to subjugate their fellow-men, and to dispose of their lives and property as caprice may dictate.