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

157. By Presidential decree, September 4th has been set for elections in the departments and districts where elections were not held in 1926 because of revolution.62 This affords the prior publicity of 60 days required by law.

The Claims Commission has been formed in accordance with plan outlined in Legation’s despatches 302, November 25, 1926; and 310, December 8 [9], 1926. Preliminary sessions have already been commenced, regular sessions to commence July 1st. The salary of each member is $300 a month which Hill will receive in addition to his regular salary as High Commissioner. While President Diaz still feels that Hill should be ultimately relieved from all duty here, he does not consider it opportune to make such change now.

Sandino is reported to be committing still more audacious and vicious acts of banditry such as seems certain to result soon in an active expedition against him.

Restoration of Supreme Court is being delayed, President Diaz being specially desirous in this vital matter of first receiving through the State Department the helpful suggestions referred to in concluding paragraph of my 153, June 16, 4 p.m.63

  1. Decree No. 49, June 17, 1927. For text, see despatch No. 437, July 7, 1927, from the Minister in Nicaragua, p. 354.
  2. Ante, p. 389.