[October 22, 1928] The following extracts are
taken from a memo from the C.O. Jinotega:
"Pablo Ramirez, age about 20, brown color,
height about 5 ft., 6 in., weight about 135,
unmarried, was brought in by his father.
"Pablo claims to have deserted, together with
Tomas Reyes, a light colored boy about 30 years
old, from the band of (Col) Jose Leon Diaz, then
at Pavona (Yali Sector) on the 23rd instant.
Says at that time Diaz had one hundred men with
him, all with rifles, and that he personally
carried 100 rounds of ammunition and each man
had the same. Also had one Lewis and one TSMG.
(Major) Reyes Lopez was the second in command.
That Diaz left for the vicinity of Somoto about
the 21st to see Salgado. Gives the following
story of his travels:
"He joined Sandino when he passed through the
hacienda area east of Jinotega in February last,
and was in Garrobo with that band; was under
Carlos Quesada at one time. About Sept. 1st was
in Murra under (Gen.) Montoya. Early in
September left Murra for Chipote, from Chipote
crossed the Rio Jicaro, via Las Cruces, to
Balsamo, Carbonal. The day they arrived at
Carbonal learned that Marines were at Santa
Clara: They went to Las Canas and started back
for Murra with one mule load of ammunition. At
Santa Clara had a brush with the Marines but
nobody was hurt, also that the airplanes bombed
and used machine guns but don't know if anyone
was hit; thinks not. At this time there were 52
in the band. Left Murra area almost immediately
and returned south via San Juan de Telpaneca,
thence to Pavona, arriving there about Sept.
21st. Says the band had a few animals but not
many, most of the men traveled on foot.
"The ranks in parentheses are
those given by Ramirez. His statements regarding
the equipment of the band are not fully
believed, because he said he was well dressed
with the bandits, and his father said he came in
in very bad shape."
IR28.10.22: 6. RG127/209/1