710.Consultation (2)/469

The Minister in Costa Rica (Hornibrook) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 2383

Sir: I have the honor to refer to my telegram No. 86 of July 11, 11 a.m., concerning the notes the Foreign Minister had received from the German Minister accredited to this Government, and resident in Guatemala City.

On the night of July 11, the Foreign Minister informed me at the residence that the tone of one of the German notes concerning propaganda unfriendly to Germany which was being distributed in Costa Rica was so insulting that it had been decided to return the note unanswered.

Saturday, July 20, 1940, at a reception at the Colombian Legation, I was informed that the Foreign Office had received an apology from the German Minister in Guatemala for this note. Both of the leading daily newspapers the following day carried headlines confirming the fact that the German Minister, on instructions from [Page 807] Berlin, apologized for the tone of the note and requested the Costa Rican Government to consider that the note had not been sent.

The incident is now considered closed and in a manner highly satisfactory to the people and Government of Costa Rica.

Respectfully yours,

Wm. H. Hornibrook