File No. 763.72/9901

The Minister in Nicaragua ( Jefferson ) to the Secretary of State


Referring to my cable of May 6, noon.1 Minister for Foreign Affairs officially informed the Legation today of the passage by Congress of the following decree:

  • Article 1. From this date there exists and is declared a state of war between Nicaragua and the Imperial Governments of Germany and Austria-Hungary.
  • Article 2. Nicaragua [declares] itself united with the United States of America and with the other Latin American republics which are now at war with the above-mentioned Imperial Governments.
  • Article 3. Therefore martial law is declared in the Republic and the Executive Power is empowered to take all measures which he may judge proper and necessary for the efficacious cooperation of Nicaragua in carrying out this decree.

  1. Not printed.