The Minister in Bolivia ( Jenkins ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 5:30 p.m.]
85. Department’s 37, October 2, 7 p.m. While Department’s press release gives mission of officers as a survey of cost and feasibility of completing Vila Vila–Santa Cruz railway, Captain Bartlett’s orders indicate that he should study entire uncompleted sections between Vila Vila and Corrumba.
Bartlett states that time at his disposal will be enough only to check existing survey between Vila Vila and Santa Cruz, to investigating alternate routes or making full study between Santa Cruz and Corrumba. We feel that in dealing with Bolivian officials Bartlett’s mission should be described as in Department’s press release although he contemplates making aerial reconnaissance between Santa Cruz and Corrumba as corollary to his work. Otherwise unfounded hopes may be raised locally (see the last paragraph of my despatch No. 401, October 530). Request instructions.31