DISTRICT OF PALACAGUINA.
GUARDIA NACIONAL DE NICARAGUA.
13 August, 1931.
From: The District
Area Commander, Northern Area, Ocotal,
Subject: Catalino Olivas, bandit chief,
1. Catalino Olivas, bandit chief,
commissioned by A. C. Sandino, reported
here at eleven o’clock today. He arrived
with his brother Marcos Olivas, second
“Jefe”, of their group which operated in
the RIO GRANDE, 204-354, and MONTE
GRANDE, 204-347 areas of this district.
This group also operated with General
Ortez whenever ordered to do so. They
mustered fifteen to forty men.
2. The former presented his 38
Cal. Pistol with holster and six rounds
of ammunition for same and also his
Mauser rifle. Both weapons are in
serviceable condition. The latter stated
that his pistol was taken away from him
by Carlos Salgado about two weeks ago in
RINCONES, 198-352, when he refused to
travel with this group. This same
information was received by us thru our
agent in RIO GRANDE, and is believed to
3. When interrogated as to their
reason for giving up banditry they
replied that since Ortez had been killed
the bandit’s organization in this
district had more or less disbanded.
They also stated that they desired to
return to work and save what property
they had left. These two men own some of
the most fertile land in this district
and still have a few of their cattle,
horses and mules left to begin with in
restoring their property.
4. We did not harry them with
questions as they were very timorous but
instead attempted to inculcate in their
minds that we were their friends, that
we were sent here to help them in every
possible way, that the weapons which we
possessed were not given to us by the
government to kill them with but to
protect them with, and that they were in
a better position to assist their
country than anyone else in their
district. It is believed that the
affluence of information which we will
receive after they become more confident
will indeed reward us for the patience
had on this first meeting.
5. Catalino, who is the “big jefe” of
this district, was given a “Boleta” and
a letter of security written in English
and Spanish. This pleased him and he
left promising to return soon with the
“Jefe” of PLASUELA, 208-354, and the two
remaining bandits of this district who
have still failed to present themselves.
/s/ J. Ogden Brauer
Transcribed by Pleet Initiative-funded
Lebanon Valley College
student-researcher Nicholas J. Quadrini.