March 20, 1928.
On the 15th of March I arrived in Pueblo Nuevo
having passed through Condega. I stayed at Bej.
Almendarez Calderons' house. He told me that the
machine gun and 5000 rounds of ammunition that
Lopez Irias had hid had been given to Sandino by
With the information that Moises Gonzales would
be able to see me through to Sandino, I left for
Daraili on the 16th, arriving there ahead of
Lieut. O'Day's detachment which was coming from
I presented my forged credentials and Mexican
propaganda. Moises Gonzalez then told me that he
has one son, Reinaldo, and three nephews now
with Sandino; that Louis Espinoza was another
nephew. Gonzales, Jr. was to come to Managua to
get Medical supplies for the wounded during the
Daraili skirmish, but to avoid suspicion from
Lieut. O'Day it was decided to send me after
them. Carlos Quezada, who led the attack on
O'Day's column was wounded through the groin and
is probably dead now.
Gonzales informed me that Sandino's main problem
was ammunition shortage. Food also is very
scarce. Gonzales said Sandino's strength is now
I left Daraili for San Rafael and there spent
the night at Blanca Sandino's house. She told me
that Sandino had been very sick at hacienda La
Rica near Yali and had been cared for by Father
Morales from Yali.
Gonzales informed me that the Chinamen Benjamin
Lau (Esteli) and Agustin Chan (Jinotega) are
aiding Sandino through their fincas. Chan has
given mules and some supplies.
Photographs of Darailí
"Daraili with old
glory in foreground". House of Moisés
González, Darailí Coffee Farm. This and
photos below, with captions, from the collection
of Carl P. Eldred, Personal Papers Collection,
Marine Corps Research Center (MCRC), Quantico,
"View of barracks
with flag pole and trail to Condega in
"View in rear of
barracks with trays where the coffee is dried in
the sun. The double deck tower is the old
lookout station and machine gun emplacement."
"The machine gun
emplacement with overhead cover. Built of
2 tiers of 12 inch logs with earth between and
15 inches of sand and gravel on top."