The Chargé in Salvador (Arnold) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 580

Sir: Referring to my cablegram No. 7 of March 12th, 11 a.m., and my Despatch No. 579 of March 10, 1920,2 regarding the revolutionary uprising, I have the honor to report to the Department that in a conversation with the President today, he informed me that Mr. Arturo Araujo, the instigator of the revolutionary attempt, was permitted to go to Honduras where he is at present.

Mr. Eugenio Araujo, the Father, who is at present imprisoned in the Penitentiary, will be sent out of the country by the first steamer leaving the Republic.

The President has quelled the revolutionary disturbances with the utmost leniency and strict orders were given that no depredations [Page 729] to property would be permitted by troops under penalty of life, consequently nothing was destroyed.

Mr. Luis Frances, a Spanish subject and brother-in-law of Don Arturo, was given guarantees and a guard to assume charge of the large plantation of “El Sunza”3 and two days after the disturbances the sugar mill resumed work and the laborers returned. The employees who had been arrested and brought from “El Sunza” were liberated and have returned to the plantation.

There are imprisoned only the military officers who had been bribed to join the Araujo cause and they will be later escorted out of the country.

Martial Law is still in force but will be removed in the near future. It is being retained in order to prevent any demonstrations by small groups of Arturistas throughout the country who may seek to cause trouble.

The revolutionary attempt has been successfully suppressed by the Government and the Republic is tranquil.

I have [etc.]

Frank D. Arnold
  1. Neither printed.
  2. The property of Arturo Araujo.