814.00/323: Telegram

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

Strictly confidential. Am advised by leaders thereof that the group referred to in my despatch number 744 [754] dated April 7th,3 have nearly perfected their political organization. This group appears to be composed of the wealthy, educated class and of Catholics but profess no affiliation with old Conservative Party.

They state that Bishop Pinol is not going to Rome but that he will remain in the United States for the purpose of enlisting the support of Catholic Church and press there as against Cabrera. They further state the bishop will endeavor to confer with President Wilson and State Department. It appears to be the intention of this group eventually to openly oppose Cabrera and agitate for discontinuance of certain of the more oppressive dictatorial measures now effective.

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In view of the persistency of this group their earnestness must be admitted and it is probable, therefore, that their plans will be carried out. I have reported thus lengthily by cable in view of the imminence of Pinol’s arrival at Washington.

  1. Ante, p. 263.