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

179. This Legation, admitting that the United States as a mark of courtesy might possibly return Vice President Sacasa to Nicaragua [Page 643] on a gunboat, has persistently discouraged an idea apparently held by many Nicaraguans that in case of President Solorzano’s resignation and Vice President Sacasa’s recall to the Presidency the United States Government would use armed force if necessary to permit Sacasa to assume and to discharge the duties of the Presidency.

It would prove most helpful to this Legation in its relations with the Congress which convenes tomorrow if the Department could see its way clear to issue a specific instruction on this point.