818.00/870: Telegram

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

Your September 2, 9 a.m.

Department will be much gratified if governmental power is deposited in the hands of Barquero and if he holds general elections for president as soon as possible. You are instructed to make it clear however that these elections should be held under the provisions of the Costa Rican constitution which was in force during the presidency of Gonzalez. You are also directed to strongly recommend to Barquero, if he assumes executive power immediately, that a general amesty of political offenders be proclaimed and that Acosta and his adherents be invited to return to Costa Rica and to participate in the presidential election.

Keep the Department daily informed of developments.