817.452/16: Telegram

The Minister in Nicaragua ( Eberhardt ) to the Secretary of State

124. The information contained in Department’s 59, April 24, 5 p.m., will be conveyed to the Nicaraguan Government before my departure. Precedence of the Chargé d’Affaires of this Legation over the Admiral and Commanding General will also give him precedence over foreign chargé[s] d’affaires if these latter take precedence after the Admiral and General as contemplated in the recently enacted Nicaraguan law and this is liable to result in disagreeable incidents. It would prove very helpful if the Department could induce the Navy Department to instruct the Admiral and Commanding General to express the Navy Department’s appreciation of the Nicaraguan Government’s act and its regret that the honor cannot be accepted since it is in conflict with diplomatic usage and custom. If this procedure is not practicable this Legation would be glad to inform the Nicaraguan Government that the American Government would be gratified to see the law repealed. Please expedite reply.