The Special Agent of the Department of State (Ames) to the Acting Secretary of State17
[Received March 8 (?).]
Sir: I have the honor to report—as communicated in my cable of February 4th.—3 P.M.—copy enclosed18—, that on Monday, Feb. 3rd., I handed to the President of Guatemala a copy of the proposed enactments re enemy property prepared by Señor Vielman and myself, together with a copy of a note I had sent the Minister of Foreign Affairs on January 30th. officially submitting the proposed enactments. This note, copy and translation of which are enclosed herewith,18 rehearses the circumstances that gave rise to my mission and the successive steps—or delays—in its progress. I wrote the original in Spanish with the idea of emphasizing the essentially advisory character of my mission.
As stated in my cable of February 15th.—11 A.M.—a copy of which is enclosed18—the enactments proposed by Señor Vielman and my [Page 290] self were threefold:— 1) a Decree, embodying the general provisions of the law; 2) a Resolution embodying the Procedure to be observed in applying it; and 3) a Resolution prohibiting the admission of enemies to Guatemalan citizenship during the continuance of a state of belligerency.
Under date of Feb. 12th. the President and Cabinet signed Decree No. 747—copy and translation enclosed—embodying the proposed decree prepared by Señor Vielman and myself and on February 14th. the President signed a Resolution—copy and translation enclosed18—embodying the Procedure to be observed in applying the Decree and another Resolution—copy and translation enclosed18—prohibiting the naturalization of enemies.
The Decree appeared in the Diario de Centro America of February 15th. and the two Resolutions in the same paper’s issue of February 17th. It is from these issues that the copies sent herewith have been taken. The Decree and the two Resolutions were published in the official bulletin, the Guatemalteco, under date of February 15th.
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On the same day on which the Resolutions already discussed were signed the President signed a third—copy and translation enclosed18—appointing Mr. Daniel B. Hodgsdon Custodian (Intendente General) and Señor Federico Vielman Counsel. This Resolution was published in the Guatemalteco of February 15th.
A word as to these appointments is in order here:—Mr. Hodgsdon is an American citizen who has lived in Guatemala many years. …
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