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

No. 2019

Sir: I have the honor to transmit a copy of a letter in which Mr. P. W. Shufeldt, under date of July 67 expresses a desire for action on the part of the President of Guatemala in the matter of the Bill passed by the Legislative Assembly, regarding his chicle concession; and also a copy of my answer of July 14,8 informing him, that, according to El Guatemalteco, the Bill was signed by the President on July 4, and that, on July 10, I had inquired of the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether a rumored plan of the Government to dispossess him through issuing licenses to other parties would be legal [Page 128] and constitutional, and that the Minister, without committing himself to me regarding that point, had remarked that he had hoped that a mutually satisfactory arrangement would be effected between Mr. Shufeldt and the Minister of Agriculture.

It appears, that the Act as signed conforms to the Legislative Bill, as translated on page two of despatch No. 1938 of May 22, 1928,9 with the exception of some immaterial variations.

I have [etc.]

Arthur H. Geissler
  1. For text, see Shufeldt Claim, p. 272.
  2. For text, see ibid., p. 273.
  3. Not printed; for text of the act, see Shufeldt Claim, pp. 33, 254.