815.24/26: Telegram

The Minister in Honduras (Morales) to the Secretary of State


25. Your February 6, 5 p.m. President Baraona showed me signed letter. It authorizes Luis Bográn: (1) to state that the Government of Honduras undertakes to organize constabulary and to employ American instructors and (2) to contract for the purchase of arms. I am forwarding a copy of this letter by pouch.12

Several legal experts, including government officials, whom I consulted, agree that President Baraona’s authorization to Luis Bográn to contract is sufficient to bind Government of Honduras respecting the [Page 321] consular revenues without the approval of the Honduran Congress. This opinion has been confirmed by President Baraona.

  1. Letter to Bográn not printed; it is dated February 13.