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The Chargé in Guatemala (Thurston) to the Acting Secretary of State

Department’s May 3rd, 11 a.m. President Cabrera signed decree relative to 60,000,000 pesos on April 25th, although this fact was not [Page 275] made public until May 1st, when it was announced by the evening papers.

However, assuming that his reception of the message conveyed in the Department’s cablegram of April 22nd [23rd], 6 p.m. (which was embodied in a note and handed to him by me on May 2nd) was sincere, President Cabrera probably can be persuaded to lay aside this decree until the financial requirements of Guatemala have been determined by an expert.

I expect to see the President during the course of the coming week.