853.00 Revolution 1931/5: Telegram

The Minister in Portugal (South) to the Secretary of State

7. Referring to my telegram No. 4, April 7 [6], 4 p.m., Consul at Funchal has telegraphed Legation that leaders revolutionary forces have agreed to meet representatives Central Government forces to discuss situation and Consul suggests American Consulate as meeting place, requesting Legation to endeavor to arrange as above through Foreign Office.

I have discussed informally matter with Foreign Minister as to Central Government’s wishes and indicated to him that I would request Department to authorize Consul to lend his good offices to extent he requests.

Foreign Minister expressed great appreciation and said that he would inform me of his Government’s wishes after a Cabinet meeting tonight and confidentially informed me British Ambassador had made same proposal for British Consul, Funchal, except the meeting place proposed is British cruiser due at Funchal tonight. Will appreciate Department’s rushing instructions to the Legation.