The Chargé in Guatemala (Cabot) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 16.]
Sir: With reference to my telegram No. 67 of July 11, 5  P.M., 1940, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy and translation of the Note which the German Minister forwarded to the Guatemalan Foreign Office under date of July 1st with regard to the forthcoming Consultative Meeting at Habana.
As reported in the above-mentioned telegram, I discovered when checking up the newspaper story mentioned by the Department, that a copy of this Note had already been forwarded to me by the Foreign Office that morning and, in fact, it reached me shortly after midday. I do not know why the Foreign Office should have sent a copy of this Note to this Legation ten days after it was written, but presume that it must have been done on the basis of the newspaper story similar to that mentioned in the Department’s telegram which was published in the local newspapers on the evening of July 10th, under date line of San José, Costa Rica.
The German Minister’s Note does not appear to call for any particular comment. It is couched in the same arrogant terms as other [Page 799] recent communications to the Guatemalan Government in connection with acts of the latter which have been distasteful to the German Government (see particularly this Legation’s despatch No. 1268 of May 22, 1940, file No. 711.1/820.0252a).
As mentioned in my telegram under reference, I hope to be given a copy of the German protest to the Foreign Office in regard to Alfredo Schlesinger’s recently published pamphlet, El Arma Secreta: La Quinta Columna, (see despatch No. 1348 of July 6, 1940, file No. 820.0253), and if it is given to me I shall forward it in a separate despatch.