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The Minister in Peru (McMillin) to the Acting Secretary of State

Four o’clock this morning President Pardo was seized in the Palace and is now imprisoned in penitentiary. Incidental to movement [Page 721] two soldiers killed and three wounded, including minor official. Minister of War and Minister of Government also in prison. Chief of Staff of Navy in prison, Chief of Staff of the Army escaped with 40 men. Prefect of Callao in prison and new prefect in power.

Leguia’s followers instigators of [coup d’état].

As it is customary for the government in power to send official representative to fourth July reception at the Legation, have called off large reception prepared for this afternoon to avoid possible complications which would come from receiving or declining to receive representative of new regime.