818.00/613: Telegram

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

Strictly confidential. Referring to my cable of May 7, 4 p.m. Respectfully request presence of war vessels at both ports and if possible soldiers for San Jose during the present situation. Threats against Americans emanated from presidential palace although denied by Tinoco in Congress, but lately repeated since his speech. He has many desperadoes in his service and Americans other communities and persecuted Costa Ricans would feel safer knowing that protection was in reach. Chinese complaints rectified. No definite information but Tinoco reported as very much worried. His power seems almost ended unless outside interference. People fear that he will destroy the city. Please instruct by wireless to Limon.