822.00/590: Telegram

The Chargé in Ecuador ( De Lambert ) to the Secretary of State

28. Last night a military coup d’état headed by General Gomez de la Torre and the younger members of the Army took place in Quito, Guayaquil and other cities of Ecuador. President Cordova and all the members of the Cabinet together with some other individuals are being held under guard in their homes. All is quiet here and present indications are that there will be no bloodshed or public disorder.

The triumvirate at present in charge is made up of General Gomez de la Torre, Señor Luis Napoleon Dillon and Jose Rafael Bustamente and it seems others will be asked to join the new government today or tomorrow. They seem to have the situation well under control but as all telegraphic communication is being controlled we have no information as to conditions outside of the Capital today. So far as we have been able to learn all Americans in Ecuador are safe and no American interests are endangered.

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De Lambert