File No. 17554/22.

The Secretary of State to the American Chargé d’Affaires at Lima.


Your March 7. This Department would sincerely deplore haste or severance of diplomatic relations between Chile and Peru on account of dispute over status of priests at Tacna. Department believes that at present the giving of instructions to our Chargé d’Affaires at Santiago to take charge of Peruvian Legation would be premature.