818.00/662: Telegram

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

Department’s June 4, 1 p.m. Since my telegram June 4, 9 a.m.,10 I have received two letters, dated May 29th and 30th, from the Consular Agent at Puntarenas stating that the situation in Costa Rica is growing worse and that too much time should not be lost in sending naval assistance to protect American life and property; also that the Tinocos are plotting the invasion of Nicaragua.

Mr. [Clodomiro Urcuyo], Nicaraguan resident of San José who is business partner of Minor C. Keith, arrived here from Costa Rica yesterday. His main purpose of visiting the Legation was particularly [to] ask my good offices in helping him to secure the release of his business partner Salvador Cerda, Nicaraguan citizen, who he asserts was imprisoned by Tinoco for no cause whatsoever. He stated that this was done after Cerda had visited the American [Page 827] Consul Agent at Puntarenas. Also he informed me it was looked upon by the Tinocos as almost a crime for persons to visit American consuls there and he further stated that while he did not believe the Tinocos would interfere with or harm Americans he firmly believed their lives were in danger; that the military class of men who surround Tinoco would hardly stop at anything; and that in order to safeguard against some [omission?] the leading plotters he considered it advisable ships be sent to the ports of Limon and Puntarenas.

Jefferson
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