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

No. 147

Sir: With reference to my telegram No. 99 of March 21, 4:00 P.M., and to the Department’s reply No. 27 of March 22, 7:00 P.M., I have the honor to report as follows:

[Here follows an extensive account of conversations between Mr. Lane and several high Nicaraguan civil and military officials.]

I am wholeheartedly in sympathy with the Department’s position of not expressing an opinion with respect to the Guardia and earnestly recommend that we should continue along those lines. I consider, however, that it is not inconsistent with the Department’s policy and on the other hand that it is in harmony with the President’s policy of the “good neighbor” for me to do all I can through personal conversations to calm those persons whose ambitions and passions may lead them to commit acts which might have a disastrous effect on the well being of the country.

Respectfully yours,

Arthur Buss Lane