File No. 818.00/120
Minister Hale to the Secretary of State
San José, March 29, 1917, 10 p.m.
After much trouble with sundry objections to overcome including Government’s contention that a diplomatic communication should not be addressed to an unofficial body, ex-Presidents Gonzáles, Viguez, Esquivel, Soto, Yglesias and Durán met this afternoon and after considering the information contained in Department’s February 9, 3 p.m., February 17, 1 p.m., and March 15, 6 p.m., unanimously agreed to the following statement:
The ex-Presidents support the present order of affairs which is upheld by the will of the people and which presents the opportunity of giving to the country a new constitution which shall better fulfill its political needs and aspirations.