811.114 Guatemala/48½

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

No. 428

Sir: Supplementing my despatch No. 400 of October 30, 1934,14 concerning shipments of liquor and alcohol from Puerto Barrios apparently destined for illicit entry at ports of the United States, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy and translation of Foreign Office Note No. 12212 of November 16, 1934,14 which is in reply to the Legation’s note of October 19, 1934, based on the Department’s instruction [Page 402] No. 97 of October 12, 1934. A copy of the latter note is also enclosed herewith.15

It will be noted that the Guatemalan Minister of Finance indicates that he is favorably disposed to the negotiation of a treaty for the suppression of illicit liquor traffic from Guatemalan ports to the United States and the prevention of contraband traffic in chicle originating in Guatemala and destined for ports of the United States, similar to the treaty signed at Habana in March, 1926, between the United States and Cuba.

I should add in this connection that I have just received the Department’s instruction No. 106 of November 10, 1934,15 requesting a definite suggestion from the Guatemalan Government as to the nature of the assistance by means of documentary requirements that it desires from the Government of the United States for the suppression of the contraband chicle traffic, and that I will lose no time in bringing it to the attention of the Foreign Office.

Respectfully yours,

Matthew E. Hanna
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