314.115C43/21: Telegram

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

66. Department’s May 19, 4 p.m. The Assembly, May 15th, passed a bill disapproving contract assigned to Shufeldt by Najera and Morales, see despatches 1475 and 1852,1 and stating that the Executive should take steps to recover possession of the lands.

The President has ten days in which to approve or veto. I have asked whether he will give Shufeldt and his lawyer an opportunity to be heard. He said that he will.

The committee report asserted among other things that the contract should have been let at auction and that the Executive can grant such a contract only for five years.

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Details by mail leave tomorrow.

  1. Neither printed.