File No. 1755.4/22.
The American Chargé d’Affaires at Lima to the Secretary of State.
Lima , March 7, 1910 .
In interview, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Peru informed me the Government of Peru has received information from Consul of Peru at Santiago that Chilean vessel with 15,000 government rifles and military supplies left for Ecuador.[Page 1178]
Chile has ordered Peruvian priests to leave Tacna Province. Peruvian Government has ordered all of them to resist forcibly. Crisis may be expected, if such is the case.
Peruvian Legation at Santiago is to be withdrawn. Minister for Foreign Affairs of Peru formally asks United States, if such is the case, to take charge of Peruvian Legation. I await instructions.