The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Chile ( Shea )
52. According to reports received from the Consul at Iquique there are persistent rumors that the Liga Patriotica is about to resume the expulsion of the Peruvians remaining in these provinces. He requests instructions from the Department as to what steps it is desirable that he take to prevent suffering and injustice.
The Department has instructed the Consul to report fully to you in regard to the situation, and requests you to inquire discreetly as to how much foundation there is to the rumor that such deportations are contemplated. As soon as your report is received the Department will send you further instructions.
[For correspondence relating to Chilean mobilization on the northern frontiers following the coup d’état of July 12, 1920, in Bolivia, see telegram from the Ambassador in Chile, July 14, 1 p.m., page 372, and telegrams to the Ambassador in Chile, July 21, 6 p.m., page 376, and July 23, 6 p.m., page 377.]