819.00/1–1945: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Panama ( Butler )

37. Your telegram no. 60 January 19, 2 p.m. There was an understanding between the Embassy and the Governor when the opposition deputies and other opposition Panamanians were admitted to the Tivoli that they should be allowed to stay so long as their rooms were not needed by Americans or others having room priorities.

It is the Department’s opinion that this understanding should continue to be followed; that the persons in question have as much right to stay on at the Tivoli as any other Panamanians; and that the opposition is losing ground with the simple passage of time, so that any attempt at legal action against them would only be counter-productive as far as the Government of Panama is concerned.