818.00/541: Telegram

The Chargé in Nicaragua ( Curtis ) to the Acting Secretary of State

This morning the President showed me letters from the Nicaraguan Consul General at Puntarenas, who resigns because of continued discourtesy, et cetera, by Costa Rican authorities, reporting unjustifiable imprisonment incommunicado of several Nicaraguan citizens for whom he has been unable to accomplish anything; these citizens are mostly from Rivas and Niearaguans near Costa Rican boundary are much excited, making the situation very difficult. Reports also state that Costa Rica has mobilized 5000 soldiers of whom 1000 are at Puntarenas under Samuel Santos, renegade Nicaraguan, and equal numbers at Las Canas and Liberia near Nicaraguan boundary.

The President repeats his assurances that he desires to assimilate his policy to that of the United States, but requests that the United States take some active step even if only stopping American merchant vessels calling at Costa Rican ports.