817.812/473: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Costa Rica ( Davis )

21. The War Department has notified the Department6 that the President has authorized the dispatch to Nicaragua of a battalion [Page 704] of Engineer troops to make the investigation and survey for the purpose of ascertaining the practicability and the approximate cost of a canal route through Nicaragua provided for in Public Resolution No. 99 of the Seventieth Congress.7

You are directed so to advise the Costa Rican Government and request its consent for parties of these Engineer troops to enter Costa Rican territory at the places and times they may desire for the purpose of compiling the requisite information and data with reference to the proposed canal route, such as rainfall, stream flows, et cetera.

  1. In letter of June 8, 1929; not printed.
  2. Public Res. 99, 70th Cong., 2d sess., S. J. Res. 117, approved by Congress, March 2, 1929, 45 Stat. 1539.