818.00/599: Telegram

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

Your May 5, 3 p.m.

Second paragraph not entirely clear to Department. Cannot Nicaraguan Government, under existing appropriations, send sufficient forces to frontier to police it, if not, what is the “proper authority required.”

In your opinion would the sending of Nicaraguan troops to the frontier meet the needs of the present situation as expressed in Department’s May 3, 4 p.m. or would such action arouse suspicions of Costa Rica and be provocative of trouble.

Polk