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823.00/253: Telegram

The Consul General at Callao-Lima ( Handley ) to the Acting Secretary of State

My telegram of July 4, 8 a.m. In a personal interview with Leguia this afternoon informed me there was deep laid conspiracy afoot deprive him fruits recent election and as last resort reluctantly gave instructions to Army officers resulting in orderly overthrow Pardo Government. Stated that Pardo and Cabinet Ministers would be dealt with fullest justice; that he had no personal hatred against any members of the recent Government. He would be Provisional President of Peru until general elections held within two months. Expect announcement of the new Cabinet tonight. All quiet Lima. No trouble reported in the provinces.

Handley