814.796 Latin American Airways/19

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

No. 2443

Sir: Referring to despatch 2426 of May 29, 1929, I have the honor to enclose a copy of a letter98 in which, in confirmation of a conversation, Mr. Lee C. Balch informed the Legation that, on June 8, 1929, he had signed with the Minister of Fomento a provisional contract, to be valid until the Legislative Assembly of Guatemala approves or disapproves the contract now pending before it, each of those contracts granting the Latino Americana transport privileges for a line between Mariscal, on the Mexican border, via the city of Guatemala to Salvador.

It will be observed, that Mr. Balch also expressed thanks for assistance rendered in the matter.

Mr. Balch said that, not having yet received formal power of attorney from the Latin American Airways, the provisional contract was signed in the name of the Compañía de Transportes Aéreos Latino Americana, but that, on June 10, he had filed with Minister of Fomento Daniel Hernández a request for authorization of the transfer of that contract to the Latin American Airways, of Delaware, as shown by the enclosed copy, and that he was informed by that official that the authorization would be granted as soon as the Latin American Airways, of Delaware, has been registered in Guatemala as required by law, which Mr. Balch said will be accomplished within a week or two.

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The representative of the Latin American Airways added, that he is leaving on June 12, for the city of Mexico and will proceed from there to California, to confer with his associates, and that his Company intends to begin flying in Guatemala under its concession within thirty days.

At this time it seems probable, that the Legislative Assembly will approve of the Latin American’s contract, at its extra session likely to be held in August.

I have [etc.]

Arthur H. Geissler
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