814.00 Revolutions/59: Telegram

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

106. Referring to my telegram of December 16, 8 p.m., when I requested warship, conditions were chaotic and American lives and property were in imminent danger. The situation, due to my good offices and that of several other chiefs of mission, has considerably improved. Therefore my request for warship is temporarily canceled, because of an armistice arranged in my presence between the Government and the revolutionary forces. Up to the present time there have been no casualties among Americans or foreigners as far as I can ascertain.

The Provisional President has presented his resignation to the Assembly.

The revolutionary military forces are in complete control. General Orellana who is in control of the situation has promised me personally that Americans and foreigners will have absolute protection.

Mr. Edwin C. Wilson arrives tonight.

Full details will follow by cable this afternoon as I have been in constant conference endeavoring to prevent further bloodshed.