817.00 Johnson Electoral Mission/201: Telegram

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

125. Your 74, May 12, 3 p.m.

The Department deems it to be important that President Moncada make effective at an early date the appointment of Major Charles F. B. Price as Vice Chairman of the National Board of Elections. You are requested therefore to comply with the Department’s instruction No. 13556 in so far as his appointment is concerned.
The Department is cognizant of the extreme difficulty of the financial problems with which the Nicaraguan Government is confronted [Page 876]and does not desire to add to them through the appointment of Major Price. Accordingly it will defray the expenses which will be incurred by Major Price while on his mission in Nicaragua from funds now at its disposal.
Nevertheless this action by the Department is not to be construed as establishing a precedent with respect to the 1932 elections, during which it is expected that the Nicaraguan Government itself will defray salary and other costs as in the case of the 1928 and 1930 elections.
When formally arranging for Major Price’s appointment in compliance with paragraph 1, you may informally and orally apprise the Nicaraguan Government of the substance of paragraphs 2 and 3 above.
Please report.
  1. Dated March 7, p. 873.