817.00 Bandit Activities, 1931/50: Telegram

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

89. Your April 17, 10 p.m., and April 19, 8 p.m. I have consulted with Admiral Pratt, Chief of Naval Operations, on these cables and I have the very definite impression that the Guardia is proposing the movement of reenforcements to the east coast on Tuesday against the advice of the air forces under a possible misapprehension of the emergency in the situation. Today’s reports indicate that attacks on the east coast have quieted down and each of the ports there is covered adequately by a ship. While these ships can not be considered for an indefinite period as a part of the strategy of the Guardia in the matter, they will remain until the present crisis is over, which will permit the Commandant of the Guardia to obtain adequate plane transportation. I understand from the Navy that further planes for the purpose of transport can soon be made available for the Guardia and details will be arranged at once.