The Secretary of State to the Minister in Guatemala (McMillin)
8. Your 25, February 3, noon. You are directed to inform President Estrada Cabrera that the summary trial and execution of [Page 721]political leaders would create a most unfortunate impression in this country. Impress upon him the necessity of according to all persons, accused of conspiracy, the safeguards of a fair and public trial by the regularly constituted Tribunals of the country.
Keep Department fully informed of further developments in situation. Department is assured by Navy Department that three destroyers will arrive at Puerto Cortez tomorrow. Commander of squadron has been instructed to get into telegraphic communication with you immediately upon arrival at Puerto Cortez.