817.1051/912: Telegram

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

24. Informed that an attempt against General Somoza’s life was frustrated Thursday night. Abelardo Cuadra, officer in Guardia, said to be responsible for attempt, now under arrest. Minister of Foreign Affairs informs me that this incident similar to Castillo55 and Lopez plots may be considered as indicating disintegration of Guardia.

Although President was aware of my plans to leave for Costa Rica Wednesday morning, he sent his private secretary to me Tuesday evening to invite me to accompany President to León. I excused myself on ground of having already accepted official invitations in San José.

  1. Capt. Gabriel Castillo of the Guardia Nacional, implicated in a plot to assassinate President Sacasa in July 1934, was court-martialed and sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment.