File No. 839.51/1651.

Minister Russell to the Secretary of State.


Note presented to Minister for Foreign Affairs yesterday.13. Congress called for today but there was no session. It seems pretty certain that Horacistas will use our demands in propaganda to start revolution. Some possibility that President may resign and Congress would have to name successor until elections are held. Desiderio Arias in conjunction with Vidal can control Congress and Arias would undoubtedly be named President which would be terrible calamity to the country. How far will the Department go to prevent this if President should resign? If anything is done it must be along the line of preventing Congress from electing Arias or any tool of his.

  1. The text of this note is printed, post, as inclosure 1 with despatch 30 of December 9, p. 333.