814.001Ch34/18: Telegram

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

117. General Chacon and his family are planning to leave for New Orleans on Thursday, December 25th, presumably for the purpose of medical treatment and rest for him. I understand that the Orellana government is anxious for him to go, believing that this will facilitate Orellana’s remaining in charge of the Presidency for the remainder of Chacon’s term.

This morning Chacon’s secretary brought to me, for a diplomatic visa, a diplomatic passport issued to Chacon by the present Government under today’s date. I informed him that it would be necessary for me to request the Department’s authorization by telegraph. Please instruct.