The Chargé in Mexico (Summerlin) to the Secretary of State
[Received January 15.]
Sir: I have the honor to report that recently the local Obregón and González newspapers have endeavored to make it appear that Ambassador Bonillas’ proposed return to Mexico, after the closing of the Second Pan-American Financial Conference, is a measure of retaliation on the part of the Government, due to the prolonged absence of Ambassador Fletcher. It is generally understood, and so published in the local independent papers, that Mr. Bonillas will return in order to initiate his campaign for the Presidency. Whether his candidacy is to have the support of the present administration is, as yet, uncertain. Prominent supporters of General Obregón appear to believe that the candidacy of Mr. Bonillas is to withdraw support from, and thereby weaken, General Obregón; and that, later, this support will be thrown to General González or to some other candidate, for example, General Diéguez, whose name has not yet appeared in the list of candidates.
I have [etc.]