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

For Ely, War Trade Board.

Your cable January 18, 1 p.m. Guatemalan Government is making appraisal electric company. When it is offered for sale the probability is that there will be competition. One of the appraisers is local Westinghouse agent and Fiske of Pearson Corporation made investigation last November. Property valuable, profits last half year 40,000 American dollars. Custodians favor public sale and American companies cannot expect preference and must use own judgement as to sending representative.