814.796 Latin American Airways/6: Telegram

The Minister in Guatemala (Geissler) to the Secretary of State

59. On the 10th I voiced to Balch hesitancy about aiding to secure a concession to be held by a non-American corporation. Yesterday morning I received from him a letter stating that the Latin American’s Guatemala concession would be held and operated by a company incorporated in the United States.

Rihl returned yesterday from Mexico. I shall send for him and in view of the Department’s May 7, 3 p.m., and 23, May 11, 4 p.m., I intend to say to him that, since the Latin American is an American concern and its financial backing is understood to be good and it was the first in the particular field, the Legation is inclined to give it appropriate support and that the Legation is also disposed to give appropriate assistance to the Pan American.