The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Combs.

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I inclose herewith copy of a dispatch from Consul-General Winslow,a in which he complains that his requests to the local judge have been ignored and his right to intervene for the protection of American citizens denied. The Department can not think that the Guatemalan Government will uphold the judge in this attitude. A consul-general, in the exercise of his consular functions, has the right to approach the court for the purpose of obtaining information and for the purpose of preferring courteous requests in behalf of American citizens, and you will request the Guatemalan Government to take such action as it may find necessary to secure to the representative of the United States Government the treatment which is due from one government to a representative of another.

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I am, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.
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