816.00/880: Telegram

The Chargé in Honduras (Higgins) to the Secretary of State

54. Department’s circular telegram of June 17, 6 p.m. Slight reaction here to Martínez manifesto because the general belief previously existed that he never had any intention to resign. On June 10th press published inconspicuously text of manifesto without comment then or subsequently. The Minister of Foreign Affairs however on that date remarked to me on his own initiative that inasmuch as Martínez had been permitted to seize all the customs revenues he might [Page 605] maintain himself in power indefinitely. Those in government circles regret Martínez’s staying on but the anti-Americans of which there are many in Honduras are elated over his determination and success in remaining in spite of our nonrecognition. Both his determination and success are of course encouraging to the elements here contemplating or desiring revolution.