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The Minister in Bolivia (Maginnis) to the Secretary of State

81. As Dean of the Diplomatic Corps I received today communication from Saavedra guaranteeing that new Government will respect all treaties. This of course includes treaty of 1904 with Chile which necessarily eliminates revindication of Antofagasta. Chilean Chargé d’Affaires has just advised me of conference with Saavedra in which latter expressed great anxiety over mobilization in Chile and popular demonstration there against new Bolivian Government and assured him new Government is most anxious for friendship [of] Chile and will do nothing whatever to interfere with most cordial and friendly relations, also requested Chargé use his best efforts with Chilean Government to calm situation. Chargé informed Saavedra Chile has no intention whatever of disturbing the peace and is only mobilizing as precautionary measure and agreed transmit to Chile assurances by Saavedra. Latter this evening informed me of conference with Chile[an] Chargé d’Affaires and gave me same assurances friendly attitude toward Chile. Situation remains unchanged.

Saavedra has agreed to deportation of Zalles.