The Minister in Honduras (Summerlin) to the Secretary of State

No. 604

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my telegram No. 57 of April 29, 1928, noon, to my despatch No. 595 of May 5, 1928 and to the last paragraph of my despatch No. 599 of May 11, 1928,10 all relative to the libellous telegram against Mr. Davis published in El Cronista. According to yesterday’s press the courts have quashed the proceedings instituted by the Executive against the editor of this paper on the ground that no basis for action existed under Honduran law. It appears that there have been several precedents to uphold this decision.

As the Department has doubtless already been informed, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica on May 4 [5], addressed a telegram to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Honduras denying the allegations against Mr. Davis made in the Zúñiga telegram and speaking of him in the highest terms. Dr. Dávila claims not to have received [Page 82]this telegram until May 11. A copy is enclosed,11 together with a copy of Dr. Dávila’s reply of May 12, and a copy in translation of the latter.12

I have [etc.]

George T. Summerlin
  1. Despatches not printed.
  2. See telegram No. 27, May 8, from the Minister in Costa Rica, p. 80.
  3. Not printed.