834.00 Revolutions/7: Telegram

The Minister in Paraguay ( Howard ) to the Secretary of State

16. My 15, February 17, 9 a.m. Fighting in center of town continues with undetermined results. General Estigarribia and Minister for Foreign Affairs Riart are reliably reported to be prisoners of the insurgents. President Ayala appears to be directing resistance either from one of the gunboats or the police headquarters which together with marine barracks and the arsenals are said to have remained loyal.