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The Minister in Nicaragua (Eberhardt) to the Secretary of State

114. Reference Legation’s 6, January 3, 4 p.m., and 108 of April 17, 11 a.m., last paragraph.

Admiral Sellers following conference in Corinto with General Williams, Colonel Dunlap and Colonel McDougal sent me a memorandum expressing his intention to recommend to the Navy Department a further reduction in the marine forces in Nicaragua of approximately 800 men and a corresponding number of officers.

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I called upon the President this morning accompanied by General Williams, Colonel Dunlap, Colonel McDougal and Mr. Beaulac15 and left President Moncada a copy of the Admiral’s memorandum, expressing at the same time my concurrence. President Moncada stated that the memorandum also met with his approval. I explained to him that the reduction would probably be gradual and would be effected by July 1st, stressing the fact that this would depend of course upon the military situation and the development of the guardia. He concurred in this. Admiral Sellers is being advised through the brigade commander.

  1. Willard L. Beaulac, Second Secretary of Legation.