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The Chargé in Guatemala ( Thurston ) to the Acting Secretary of State

Department’s May 21, 2 p.m. Feeling that President Cabrera might take even more severe steps in the Pinol matter than he already has, this morning I conveyed to him verbally the contents of the Department’s instruction just referred to.

He replied that he appreciated the friendly spirit which animated the Government of the United States in this matter, and requested me to assure the Department that he has not disregarded, nor will he, any of the principles of true democracy.

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He stated that Bishop Pinol will be tried by his ecclesiastical superiors for certain offenses and by the civil courts on the charge of rebellion and sedition, but that no drastic measures will be taken against him.

Feeling continues tense, but there are no indications of disturbances. It is reported that the women arrested for having visited the bishop are now released.