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

215. Arrangements have been made for marines to be present solely as observers and if necessary to back up the local police in maintaining order in the departments where elections will be held next Sunday.88 As previously agreed the Conservatives will not contest the elections in Leon, Chinandega and Esteli. There will be a contest in Bluefields. At the request of Moncada and with the consent of the President, marines will be sent to the important points in that department where they are not already stationed to remain only over election day.

  1. September 4.