§ 30. Captain BOURNE
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he can make a statement on the present position in Nicaragua?
Mr. A. HENDERSON
According to a cable received yesterday from His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires in Nicaragua, it appears that bandits have been active on the eastern coast of the Republic. They have, however, been checked by the National Guard and are now reported to be retreating inland. I regret that in these disturbances two British West Indian subjects from Jamaica, Messrs. Henry Roper and Walter Manning, are reported to have lost their lives. Three United States warships have been depatched to east coast ports with authority, I understand, to dis- 595 embark armed parties should the necessity arise. Hos Majesty's representative in Nicaragua adds that in the view of the officer commanding the National Guard the situation is now under control.