The Minister in Nicaragua (Eberhardt) to the Secretary of State
[Received 3:15 p.m.]
41. Department’s 20, February 1, 7 p.m. A despatch on this subject is in the mails.77 The President requests the early appointment of the American member in order that the Claims Commission may resume work. Both he and Lindberg78 are of the opinion that the American High Commissioner should not act on claims. It is almost impossible to secure a suitable American in Nicaragua. The President has suggested the name of Colonel Cornelius Smith, retired army officer, who served here with the McCoy election mission.79 Please reply by telegram whether his appointment or that of another is being considered and any other information which may prove useful to the President. The Department’s attitude toward issuance of a new series of internal bonds referred to in the same cable has also been explained to the President.