File No. 818.00/71
San José, February 3, 1917, 3 p.m.
Department’s January 30, 7 p.m. I was under medical treatment in my private apartment at 11 a.m., January 27, when a member of my household announced that Maximo Fernandez had sought refuge in the Legation, saying that his life was in danger. A few minutes later I was informed that the President’s carriage had brought the President, Castro Quesáda, an aide de camp and secretary, with guns and pistols drawn. By the time I could dress and get down stairs, about ten, [?] the Legation was filled with frightened men to such an extent that I had to use the pantry for my office. I have since fed and sheltered the President and ten to fifteen others. Conditions for work have been extremely bad.
It is important to note that the condition appears reverse of that described in 51 of instructions to diplomatic officers; it was the Government which sought asylum.
When it was reported that American lives were in danger, I authorized the statement that there would be no intervention. At once quiet came and matters proceeded as before the coup d’état. My January 30, 6 p.m., describes steps should be taken legalizing de facto Government.
I have arranged for safe conduct of González and Castro Quesáda to the Fruit Company’s ship Metapan sailing to-morrow for Havana and New York.
Tinoco has since declared amnesty for all and the situation is cleared for the next step, namely, what degree of recognition shall be accorded to Tinoco for a modus vivendi.
At the request of German and French Chargés d’Affaires I have called an informal meeting for exchange of views on Tuesday afternoon. If possible please telegraph instructions before that time.