817.00 Bandit Activities, 1931/244: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Nicaragua (Beaulac)

179. Your 167, September 18, 3 p.m. American Consul, Bluefields, states that court martials before Guardia have been conducted with the approval of superiors in Managua to local Commander. Therefore, [Page 871]you will state to appropriate authorities that as the Department informed Nicaraguan Government in 1930, it cannot approve trial of Nicaraguan civilians by Guardia so long as this institution is directed by American officers. Department’s position was endorsed at that time by Major General Commandant of Marine Corps who so advised Brigade Commander in Nicaragua.

Department is sending you copy of Legation’s despatch 1328, February 18, 1930.