817.2318/–: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Costa Rica (Gallman)

9. Your 23, May 5, 10 p.m. You may reply to the Minister for Foreign Affairs that the Department is confident Costa Rica will maintain strict neutrality in the case of political disturbances in Nicaragua and not permit Costa Rican territory to be used as a base of operations by either faction. In so doing Costa Rica can count on the moral support of the United States Government, and, it is hoped, of the Central American Governments also.

The U. S. S. Cleveland has been ordered to Bluefields to protect American lives and property. The Department doubts the advisability of ordering another war vessel to Colorado Bar at this time. Watch situation closely and keep Department fully informed.