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PC28.05.12   Pefley

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28.05.12.   Pefley, Report of Patrol to St. Augustine, Darío

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Marine Detachment, Dario, Nicaragua
12 May, 1928

From: Second Lieutenant A.R. Pefley, U.S. Marine Corps
To: The Commanding Officer
Via: Commanding Officer, Dario
Subject: Patrol to St. Augustine, report of
Enclosure: Sketch of St. Augustine Valley.

      1.   On Thursday 10 May, 1928 I, with, seven men left Dario to investigate charges against the Orozco brothers residing at St. Augustine. Cleared Dario at 5:45 for Terrabona arriving late in the afternoon. Interviewed the local judge who informed us that he had heard there were rifles in St. Augustine. After stating to the natives that we were returning to Dario the first thing in the morning we made camp at a store on the plaza. Left Terrabona the following morning at daybreak for St. Augustine. This place is about four miles up a very steep mountain; the trail is very narrow, rocky, and hard to travel. Arriving at the top we looked into the St. Augustine valley. There are four houses, two together, where Martin and Mathilde Orozco [ p. 2 ] live and two a little ways off. We saw nothing suspicious. After watching for a few minutes we hurried down the trail to St. Augustine, made a thorough search of the premises including the bush in all directions. There was no place giving the appearance of freshly dug earth where rifles had been buried. The Orozco family appeared very poor. After we explained the purpose of the marines in Nicaragua and told them we would not do them any harm as long as they remained peaceful their fear of us yielded to friendliness. After climbing out of the valley I watched the place from the saddle on top of the mountain and saw nothing suspicious.

     We returned to Terrabona, rested, and started back to Dario arriving at 2200.

     The shop-keepers of Terrabona report that they are not molested by bandits. Also, a traveler who we met on the mountain trail stated that the Orozco brothers were [ p. 3 ] good men, never bothering anyone.

      Conclusions:- As we came upon the Augustine valley when we were not expected and observed them when they were unaware, discovering nothing, I do not believe these people are bandits. They do not bother Terrabona and there are very few places in the St. Augustine valley where banditry would be profitable.

     The only implement we found was one working machete.

     The road to Terrabona from Dario is very narrow, and rocky. There are few houses along the way and water is difficult to find. Near Terrabona the trail became mountainous and difficult to travel. There are no camping spots along the way.

/s/ A. R. Pefley

127/43A/20

Summary & Notes:

   Patrol south from Matagalpa into the heavily indigenous zone beyond the southeastern periphery of Las Segovias.
   Orozco brothers suspected of banditry; no evidence found; they are basically exonerated; family described as "very poor".
   "Local judge" of Terrabona (doubtless Conservative) denounces the Orozco brothers; what's his agenda?
   Judicious effort to investigate, discover evidence, uncover the facts.

   Zone of no substantial popular protest or rural criminality, well beyond the zones of Sandinista influence.

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