File No. 18942/1.

The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Heimké.


Kent, in dispatch No. 280, dated March 26, reports brutal beating and wounding and subsequent lynching African American citizen, William Wright, near Livingston on December 18. Consular Agent Reed, reporting to Kent, narrates circumstances in detail and states that owing to corruption and connivance local officials his continued and vigorous efforts failed thus far to secure punishment of murderers.

Investigate facts fully, and if as reported bring matter to attention of Guatemalan Government, requesting prompt and vigorous punishment of murderers and the removal of corrupt officials responsible for delay and failure of justice.