818.00/535: Telegram

The Consul at San José (Chase) to the Acting Secretary of State

Over 5000 recruits gathered; others being brought. General work suspended because men not taken are in hiding. Several hundred men with Joaquin Tinoco in command left here last night towards the Pacific coast. Ammunition not delivered to the men until arrival at destination because not trusted. Extra session of Congress called for 23rd, ostensibly for peaceable matters; rumored meets today to declare war on Nicaragua. The people have great hopes present Congress will stop this intolerable situation of affairs and eliminate Tinoco. Reported that Joaquin Tinoco told ex-President [Page 804] Jimenez recognition by the Government of the United States was sure in March; also that Arturo Volio had confessed and gave to them all particulars of opposition and they intended to hold back for recognition. Local opponents say ready to act promptly should an opportunity offer. Popham now in San Jose. Respectfully suggest that cables be addressed American Consul rather than American Legation.