The Consul at Bluefields ( Sanders ) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received April 22.]
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith copy of a report which I have just made to the Legation at Managua concerning the lawless conditions prevailing in this consulate [consular district], a petition which was presented to me in connection therewith, and my representations in the case.16
The decree exiling the foreign merchants has not yet been revoked and apparently there will be an attempt to carry it out. The local Governor, though maintaining his lack of accord with the decree, has, nevertheless, served notice of its demand on many of the merchants who signed the petition.
One of the difficulties in handling the situation is the evident effort on the part of certain Nicaraguan politicians to make use of the merchants’ complaint to affect the interests of certain political groups. I am taking particular pains to see that neither the petitioners nor this office are compromised in any way.
I am [etc.]
- Report to the Legation and the Consul’s “representations” not printed.↩