817.00 Bandit Activities, 1931/48: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Nicaragua (Hanna)

85. As stated in my telegram No. 8016 the Navy, at my request, has put at the disposal of the Guardia its airplanes to transport reenforcements to the Atlantic side. I have not yet heard that this has been done. I of course do not wish to intrude with any military suggestions as that is not within my province and function, but I am concerned lest the Commander of the Guardia feel that the presence of three Naval vessels of the United States on the East Coast relieves him of the responsibility of maintaining order there. The maintenance of order on the East Coast as well as elsewhere throughout Nicaragua is the function of the Nicaraguan Government and the duty of the Guardia. This Government desires the Guardia to take over that situation as quickly as possible so that American vessels may be withdrawn at the earliest possible moment consonant with safety. Please report.

  1. Dated April 16, 6 p.m. p. 807.