File No. 839.00/807.

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


President Nouel will resign early in April, if not sooner. His brother, the Minister of the Interior, promises to give me the earliest information as to the exact date. The President’s health is said to have improved slightly but the doctors forbid his resuming work until after a complete rest. He is in Barahona recuperating.

All are aware of the approaching resignation and are preparing accordingly. Vidal and Arias are supposedly working together. Vasquez is well prepared. Velasquez is said to be the choice of Congress.

At least one gunboat should be here all the time, not leaving for coal unless replaced by another.