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

No. 848

Sir: With reference to my telegram No. 33 of April 5, 11 a.m.,8 giving the substance of a telegram from General José Sánchez to the President of the Republic relative to the activities of Sandino’s Jefes Salgado and Ortez and stating that General Sánchez was in possession of a bomb dropped from American airplanes at Las Limas, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy and translation of a note from the Foreign Office including a second telegram on the subject from General Sánchez.8

Although neither of the notes transmitting these telegrams mentions the Foreign Office’s note of April 1, last, a translation of which was forwarded in my telegram No. 30 of April 1, 9 p.m., nor my reply thereto written in compliance with the Department’s telegram No. 26 of April 2, 1 p.m., they are both doubtless meant as substantiation of the charges that the American Forces in Nicaragua desire to promote a conflict with Honduras.

President Mejía Colindres has sent Senor Bias Henriquez, Subsecretary of the Interior, out to the points in question on the frontier to make an investigation and I do not expect a reply to my note until his report to the President has been made.

Inasmuch as the Honduran Government is continually receiving exaggerated reports from the Honduran-Nicaraguan frontier, I place very little if any credence in the charges made in these telegrams.

I have [etc.]

George T. Summerlin
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