File No. 714.1515/17

Minister Leavell to the Secretary of State


Your cable March 3, 4 p.m. Facts appear to be as follows: Guatemalan commandant of San José Cinchado (commandancia is on south side Motagua River in disputed territory on land held by United Fruit Company under Guatemala titles) had some personal trouble with some Honduras soldiers and sent alarming telegram to the President of Guatemala with the result that the Governor, Luis Monzon, [Page 766] was ordered to collect all the natives in the country round about and wait for further instructions. Some soldiers were also sent to Cin-chado but no clash took place and all is quiet although the men are still held subject to orders. Cinchado commandant is said to have been reprimanded and brought up here.