File No. 123L481/40
Minister Leavell to the Secretary of State
Guatemala, July 30, 1917.
Sir: I have the honor to inform the Department of an unpleasant incident that occurred on Friday morning, the 27th instant, and to forward copies of the communications relating to it which passed between this Legation and the Foreign Office of the Government of Guatemala. I am enclosing a copy of my note to the Foreign Minister, a copy, with translation, of his reply, and a copy of my acknowledgment of that reply.
While these several notes explain the occurrence and record the very full and complete apology given, I think it well to say this much further in reference thereto: Immediately upon receiving my note the Foreign Minister informed President Estrada Cabrera of the occurrence and he instructed the Minister to call personally on me at once and express to me the very profound regret of the President, the Government and the Minister, and to offer the most complete apology, and to say that orders were immediately issued to punish the officer responsible for the occurrence as soon as the identity of that officer shall be determined.
Later in the day the President himself sent his Chief of Staff, General Haeussler, and his Official Secretary, Mr. Saenz, to convey his own personal and official regret and to extend his personal apology. And very soon thereafter came the note of the Foreign Minister referred to above. As the foregoing seemed to me entirely adequate I declared myself perfectly satisfied.
Both the President and the Foreign Minister expressed their very profound thanks that I took the matter up with the Government directly and personally and afforded the immediate opportunity for the expression of suitable apologies.
I am informed the law requires that all exemption papers shall be officially examined at this time of the year whether carried by natives or foreigners, and unfortunately I did not have with me at the time the identification and immunity card furnished me by the Foreign Office when I came here as Minister.
It seems to me that the President, the Government, and the Foreign Minister have done all that could be expected of them, and I have expressed my entire satisfaction.
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