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

85. President told me this morning that situation having improved within last few days he, his family, Ministers Salvatierra and Guerrero Montalván, and Sandino’s father, all of whom had been remaining in Palace since events of February 21, now felt at liberty to appear in town and had done so. I noticed that the defense measures previously described have been reduced.

Somoza has indicated to me, however, that the appointment of the President’s cousin Ramon Sacasa as chief of the western area (newly established) with offices in Léon would not serve to enhance relations between the Government and the Guardia.