File No. 818.00/59
Minister Hale to the Secretary of State
San José, January 28, 1917—2 p.m.
This is not a revolution but an act of treason by Federico Tinoco. Secretary of War, who suddenly removed officers of barracks and replaced them by his own. When his brother demanded surrender, of course, they surrendered barracks. The President of Congress tells me rebels say that they will assault Legation of the United States if the United States does not recognize Tinoco. The other Legations have, of course, not recognized Tinoco.