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The Chargé in Costa Rica (Thurston) to the Secretary of State

94. Mr. Martin’s despatch number 13 November 10th, 1920.27 Minister of Fomento has addressed a note to Costa Rica Oil Corporation insisting on arbitration of differences within 14 days from May 23d.

Minister for Foreign Affairs has informed me settlement of status of this company must be made and that cash payment for privilege of explorations already effected must be made. I do not believe the intention is to disable the company but probably to restrict it and obtain money from it.