The Chargé in Guatemala (O’Donoghue) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 16.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s telegram No. 5 of February 13, 5 p.m.,8a in connection with the note concerning chicle suggested in the Department’s telegram No. 36, of December 13, 2 p.m.,9 I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a self-explanatory informal note which I addressed to the Guatemalan Foreign Minister on February 17, 1936. Not having had any reply from the Minister, I mentioned the matter to him in a conversation recently and asked him if such a note would be agreeable to Guatemala. He seemed somewhat vague concerning it and indicated that so long as the question of chicle could not be included in the Trade Agreement, the matter might be allowed to lapse. This new attitude, if it may be so called, upon his part may have been brought about by recent British Honduras regulations governing chicle.