817.00/3309: Telegram

The Minister in Nicaragua ( Eberhardt ) to the Secretary of State

139. Situation described in last paragraph my telegram of September 3, 6 p.m. remains unchanged except that President Solorzano’s [Page 638] mental and physical condition is causing anxiety and there is also a feeling that General Rivas will not defend [surrender?] the Loma fortress in good faith on the 10th.

If Solorzano should for any reason become separated from the Presidency, revolution and anarchy are almost certain to follow since the Conservatives are determined to prevent a Liberal from succeeding him. It is believed that the appearance at Corinto at this time of an American war vessel would have a stabilizing effect.