834.00/8–1946: Telegram

The Ambassador in Paraguay (Beaulac) to the Secretary of State


380. I had long talk this morning with Federico Chaves, active head of Colorado Party and Minister of Public Works, who came to talk about road building program. I told him how disappointed I was at partiality shown by Government in its statement of events of August 15. He admitted Government communiqué gave only one side of case. However, he said no arrests made and whole matter now in [Page 1187] hands of judge who has Liberal Party leanings. Chaves, in whose sincere devotion to democratic ideals I have no doubt, said he hoped incident would be lesson to both sides.

Chaves denied any censorship on outgoing news officially imposed and said he gave strict orders this morning none to be imposed. Since he is responsible Minister I accept his word.

Guggiari leaving Argentine Embassy (reEmbtel 377, August 17, 11 a.m.12) this afternoon for private house where Government providing guard for him at his request, Liberals defending themselves freely in press.

Colorados had no participation in events of August 14.

Situation quiet.

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