818.00/628: Telegram

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

Department’s May 15, 2 p.m. My cipher telegram May 7, 4 p.m.,6 gave name and some particulars of threat. No telegrams except to the Department were sent by me. A note by messenger was sent to Consulate at Punta Arenas, May 8th, giving same fact and saying: “Better confidentially put our citizens on guard as you think best,” and to get “word to Doctor Jefferson that we are likely to be cut off from all means of communication with our Government, if not already, and to advise our Government of the danger.” Threats were frequent, as some Americans contend. Details by last mail. Absolute proof as soon as people feel secure against reprisals. Reports are persistent that the Tinoco forces are in bad condition and have had [Page 820] defeats with heavy losses, also that many have deserted to the other side. The Red Cross is constantly calling for more supplies for wounded. Newspapers have published quiet here [sic]. Think it advisable war vessel should be kept within very close call at any time. Danger is that notice cannot be sent in time should emergency arise. Prohibition against use of cables without disclosing text of message in force only a few hours; now claims to give our messages special attention but we send all of our messages by railroad to Limon for transmission and communication may be entirely cut off as was attempted in an earlier revolution. These usurpers are making a final stand and are desperate.

  1. Ante, p. 814.