817.00 Johnson Electoral Mission/196: Telegram

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

74. Your 115, May 11, 6 p.m. I have been awaiting a favorable opportunity to take up with President Moncada the designation of Major Price. It is very embarrassing to propose the contemplated arrangement because of the salary which this Government will be expected to pay Major Price. The amount is small by our standards but this Government will consider it a real drain on its revenues at this time. Many of its high officials are receiving practically no salary at present. I hope the Department of State or the Navy Department can give Major Price an appropriate allowance for this tour of duty only. This would be appreciated by this Government and would help me materially in my representations.