File No. 711.13/15.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister to Guatemala. 1


Reports have been received from the Legations at San Jose and San Salvador of public demonstrations and inflammatory newspaper articles evidently based on a misconception of the scope of the proposed canal convention with Nicaragua—which is as much desired by that Government as by our own—and on an impression that this Government contemplates establishing a protectorate over Central America. If now or later you should find it advisable, you will say to President Estrada Cabrera that the Minister of Guatemala is fully informed of the provisions of the Nicaragua treaty and of the policy of this Government which does not contemplate any change in its attitude toward Central American countries.

  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, to the American Minister to Honduras.