The Secretary of State to the Minister in Guatemala (Geissler)
36. Your telegram No. 85, July 1. Shufeldt advises Department he. is prepared to submit documentary evidence in support of claim totaling $500,000, but in order to obtain prompt settlement and avoid further losses will consider smaller amount provided payment is in cash. So inform Foreign Minister whether or not Davidson has left. If Davidson has not left inform him confidentially these instructions and advise him that if Government of Guatemala is prepared to enter negotiations on basis of prompt cash settlement he may close with them for a minimum of $150,000.