818.00/587: Telegram

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

Last night and today over 30 people have been arrested and imprisoned and some of them badly injured by the policemen. For the first time the Tinoco agents have broken into houses to capture men. List includes three brothers of ex-President Gonzalez, brothers of ex-Minister for Foreign Affairs Julio Acosta, prominent lawyers, and others. Recruits are being made, and more talk of invasion. A friend of Federico Tinoco, Dr. Uribe, said today that encouragement had been received from the President of Guatemala to fight to very last because he said that the attitude of Washington was a bluff. Other desperadoes are reported to have left here to reach the United States to kill Alfredo Gonzalez. They must get the visé in some other country.

Chase