816.00 Revolutions/26: Telegram

The Minister in Guatemala ( Whitehouse ) to the Secretary of State

67. As the Minister of Foreign Affairs told me Thursday it had been reported here that the United States was on the side of the revolutionists in Salvador I thought it not only polite but advisable to leave a card on President Araujo at noon today. The Minister of Salvador telephoned me later asking to see me so I went to his Legation and he introduced me to President Araujo.

The latter is naturally bitter against General Martínez whom he considers headed the movement against him; for the rest he talked generalities and said that he counted on the United States to secure justice not for him personally but for Salvador; that the whole affair is nothing but a military coup which will lead to anarchy and that he still has the people with him. He added that he had not resigned the Presidency but merely deposited his powers with Olano as the constitution gave him the right to do. He told me he had sent you a long cable but asked me also to report my conversation with him.

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Repeated to Salvador.