825.001 A1 2/6: Telegram

The Ambassador in Chile (Collier) to the Secretary of State

53. Alessandri resigned last night rather than accede to Junta’s demands.1 He dissolved Congress. He arrived at Embassy accompanied by various members of his immediate family at 3 a.m. seeking asylum which was granted for the night. General Altamirano, head of the Government and now acting President, was duly informed. I gave out the following statement to the press:

“Don Arturo Alessandri came to the American Embassy after midnight accompanied by members of his family stating that he has resigned as President of Chile. He asked the hospitality of the Embassy. It was granted to him. No Chilean ever asked the hospitality of the Embassy and was refused.”

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  1. La Junta de Gobierno de Septiembre.