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The Chargé in Guatemala ( McCafferty ) to the Secretary of State


98. With reference to my 95, December 12, 3 p.m. I have been reliably informed that the Minister of War, General de Leon, who was First Designate before he accepted the post in the Cabinet, has been held incommunicado since the serious illness of President Chacon. This is confirmed by the fact that Herlindo Solorzano, the Director General of Police, has had complete control and that the Minister of War has remained in Chacon’s residence.… Guatemala City is being patrolled by the police and it appears that the new Government is doubtful of the loyalty of the army.