The Chargé in Salvador (Engert) to the Secretary of State

No. 1046G

Sir: In continuation of the Legation’s despatch No. 1020G of April 4, 1925, I have the honor to transmit herewith a report on the general conditions prevailing in El Salvador for the month of April 1926.

I have [etc.]

C. Van H. Engert

Report on General Conditions Prevailing in Salvador During the Month of April 1926

It was found toward the end of March that a considerable amount of opposition had developed in the National Assembly—not so much perhaps to the Treaty itself as to any attempt on the part of the Executive to have it promptly ratified—and that further discussion of the Treaty by incompetent deputies would only make matters worse. It therefore came as a relief when the Assembly decided to refer the Treaty to the Supreme Court for a report on the judicial and other technical questions involved. The Legation understands that the conclusions of the Supreme Court are on the whole favorable, but that it will suggest certain minor modifications. I have pointed out both to the President and to the Minister of Foreign Affairs that the discussion of any amendments, however slight, would mean interminable delay as they would of course have to be referred to the Department. I further intimated that I doubted seriously whether the United States would find it possible to accept any further modifications of the text as we had already made many alterations at [Page 939] the request of the Salvadorean Government and it might not prove feasible to introduce changes not contemplated in similar treaties with other countries. I have been promised that every effort would be made to have the Treaty accepted as signed.

As soon as the Supreme Court has rendered its report the Treaty will once more be referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.