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Statement of A. R. Garmendia, Ocotal, on EDSN in Las Segovias & Honduras
(dec 1931)
 
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Statement of Arturo R. Garmendia, Ocotal, on EDSN activities in Las Segovias & Honduras

Critical introduction forthcoming.

 

 

 

 

STATEMENT OF GARMENDIA TO PRESIDENT MONCADA PERSONALLY.

In the city of Leon at 2:30 p.m., 4 December 1931, Sr. Arturo R. Garmendia, of well-known qualifications, reported before the Director of Police and his Secretary, with https://breitling-replica-watches.camtechview.com/ the purpose to amplify his statement which he previous rendered under oath, now he said:

That he ratifies his previous statement rendered before these authorities on 3 December 1931, at 10:15 a.m. Garmendia was questioned about the matter of the process and stated as follows:

That he has store-rooms in Somoto, Pueblo Nuevo and El Ocotal; that he knows Telpaneca since 20 years ago; that he personally does not know the commercial concerns https://breitling-replica-watches-usa.duangwatch.net/ that Siercke had, but Siercke had one in Somoto, now Siercke has only store-rooms at Pueblo Nuevo, none in Telpaneca, Siercke had one in El J?caro and one in San Fernando; that Garmendia knows that Siercke is a German citizen and that he has commercial concerns in Choluteca, Danl?, Paraiso, San Marcos de Col?n, and agencies amounting to 40 in all Honduras territory, at the border of Nicaragua and inside Nicaragua; that he does not know if Siercke has any in El Triunfo, but has in the valleys of the same frontier, like the one he has in El Barquito, place located between Choluteca and San Marcos; that he, Garmendia, heard that Sandino in his first raids demanded from Siercke a contribution of money; that he, Garmendia, knows that Siercke has an ample business dealing in medicines, cloth, revolvers, pistol ammunition, and that he has Coffee plantations and he deals in buying and selling of cattle.

Garmendia said that he knows that Espiridi?n Oc?n Orozeo is a native of Le?n, that he lived in El Salvador, and Garmendia supposes that Oc?n Orozeo is at present in El Triunfo devoted to the business of buying cheese, corn and other articles from Nicaragua which he takes and sells at the Honduras border. That it is evident for Garmendia that all the plunder that the bandits take in Nicaragua is sold in El Paraiso and Danl? as per reports from El Ocotal people. That senor Calazans since the beginning of the banditry is in charge of this business in Danl?.

Garmendia also said that he knows that Sandino?s Agent in Danl? is Mr. Jos? Idi?ques, native of Honduras, and devoted to that business since the beginning of the banditry; that is also a well-known fact in Somoto and Ocotal that the authorities of Danl? and El Paraiso are favoring the banditry, that is also true that groups of Honduranian men come into Nicaragua by crossing the border of both countries; and Garmendia knows about 3 groups, the first one under Francisco L?pez, one of the chiefs of Ferrera, an intelligent and courageous chief; chief of the second group about 40 men is not known to him; the 3rd group of 25 men, which passed near Yalag?ina and killed an old woman, chief name not known, this group arrived the vicinity of Yalag?ina the Saturday of the past week; that it is said that Sandino comes to Nicaragua and arrives to El Malacate, jurisdiction of Jalapa. El Malacate locate at the border just between Danl? and Jalapa. That in the North Departments it is said that Sandino is hiding in the mountains of Jinotega, but nobody has seen him.

Reports from Danl? to El Ocotal say that Colindres replaced Miguel Angel Ort?z. Colindres working for account of Honduras Government in the highway of Jacaliapa-Tegucigalpa. Colindres is a native of Murra, a Mine worker, and he devoted his activities to the selling and buying of gold. Garmendia said that he knows that Sandino devoted some time to the gold business when he took the San Albino Mine. Garmendia also knows that the bandits get rifles and ammunition among the people of Honduras, and that the Honduras authorities are very indolent toward the bandits as any one of the bandits goes and comes to and from Honduras.

Garmendia finished his statement, signed it and ratified it.

/s/ ARTURO R. GARMENDIA

M31.12.04

Transcribed by Pleet Initiative-funded Lebanon Valley College student-researcher Nicholas J. Quadrini.

 

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