The Chargé in Mexico (Summerlin) to the Secretary of State

No. 2789

Sir: I have the honor to report that El Democrata of Sunday, January 18, published a Manifesto of the newly formed Partido [Page 130] National Democratico (National Democratic Party) launching the campaign of Ambassador Bonillas for the Presidency of Mexico.

The Manifesto is mainly a discussion of the menacing situation which has already developed from the campaign of the two rival military candidates, General Alvaro Obregón and Pablo González, and an appeal to their patriotism to renounce their candidacies in favor of Mr. Bonillas, and thereby prevent the internecine struggle which surely would result from dividing the followers of these revolutionary leaders into two hostile camps.

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After pointing out that there is not sufficient time to remedy the defective election laws before the Presidential election, the Manifesto declares that the only recourse left to avoid the pending grave political crisis is this appeal to the patriotism of the majority of the Mexican people, and especially of Generals González and Obregón, who, because of their comparative youth, can well afford to curb ambitions which they could not justify under the existing situation, and thereby free themselves and their supporters from exclusive responsibility for the terrible consequences of the coming electoral struggle.

Among the large number of signers of the Manifesto are

[Here follows a list of the signatories.]

I have [etc.]

George T. Summerlin