815.00 Revolutions/334: Telegram

The Minister in Honduras ( Lay ) to the Secretary of State

91. San Pedro Sula barracks taken last night by rebel liberals dissatisfied with outcome of elections and led by Willie Coleman, an ex-American citizen. Women and children being evacuated to Puerto Cortés from La Lima and to Castilla from Truxillo District. Americans advised to go to coast. Rebels now moving on Olanchito in motor cars and will probably take the place before noon. Fruit company ports will probably be next objective. All prisoners San Pedro Sula jail released and looting feared. Guy Maloney with Blue Generals Martinez Funez and Eduardo Rosales reported leading counter attack on San Pedro Sula this morning. Defeated liberal candidate Angel Zuñiga Huete appears to be holding aloof. Tegucigalpa garrison is so far remaining loyal. Have advised admiral to have vessel in Nicaragua waters as near Honduras north coast as practicable.

Lay