817.812/736: Telegram

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

107. The President today told me that he intends to include in the new constitution a provision making the Bryan–Chamorro Treaty16 a matter of organic law with the leases extended to perpetuity. He will provide me shortly with the draft provision, which I will telegraph when received. He is deeply interested in the immediate canalization of the San Juan River for shallow to medium draft ships and wishes to visit the United States within a few months in order to push the matter. It appears to be in his mind that by obtaining our advance consideration of the provision he might facilitate discussions with our Government.

  1. Convention between the United States and Nicaragua, signed August 5, 1914, Foreign Relations, 1916, p. 849.