The Chargé in Honduras (Spencer) to the Secretary of State

No. 24

Sir: With reference to the Department’s instruction no. 371 of June 24, last, addressed to Perry Belden, Esquire, then in charge of this Legation, I have the honor to report that on September 18, last, I addressed a letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs asking for information in the sense of the above-mentioned instruction.

I have the honor to report that I am today in receipt of a Foreign Office Note replying to mine, translation of which follows:

“Honorable Sir: Referring to the note from your Legation dated September 18th last, requesting information regarding the territory formerly guarded by Guatemala, in the frontier region between Honduras and Guatemala, which was said to have been occupied by Honduran soldiers during the events which led to the recent change of government in that Republic, I have the honor to inform you that the Minister of War has notified me that a squadron of Honduran soldiers occupied some ranches for four days in the disputed territory near Cuyamel; they were, however, immediately brought back upon the request of the Guatemalan government and quartered as they have always been on Honduran soil.”

I have [etc.]

Willing Spencer