PUERTO CABEZAS, NICARAGUA.
1 January 1932.
The Area Commander, Eastern Area,
Nacional de Nic., Bluefields, Nic.
Subject: Intelligence report on
Enclosures: 1. Receipt to Sebastian
Ismael by Abraham Rivera for property
taken at Siuna.
1. Transmitted herewith is a receipt to
Sebastian Ismael by Abraham Rivera for
property taken from him at Siuna on 14
December 1931. The Anderson arrived here
from Prinzapolka on 30 December 1931
bringing Sebastian Ismael and Mr.
Stantin from Siuna.
2. Questioning elicited the following
Early in the morning of 14 December 1931
Irias at the head of about 100 men
attacked the Siuna Mine and caught
everyone by surprise. He remained around
Siuna for a number of days burning the
houses and holding various people in
custody. Looting and robbery were his
On Wednesday the 16 Pedron Altamirano
joined him in Siuna with about 200 more.
As soon as Pedron appeared he began his
butchering of the people held, killing
Charles Hasslam [Haslam] and about five
natives. All the shopkeepers were
stripped of their stock and given
receipts for value received. A receipt
held by Sebastian Ismael for five
hundred dollars is held here. The
Comandante of Siuna escaped and came up
on the Anderson with a German by the
name of Stantin.
On Friday the 18th the whole outfit left
Siuna on the trail leading to the
Electric Light Plant of Neptune Mine but
their progress has been slow due to the
sickness of the men in ranks and
soreness of feet. Pedron spoke of
returning a widow of one of the dead men
to Matagalpa but that may simply have
been a ruse to get her to accompany the
bandits on the trail more easily. There
was also talk of burning Neptune Mine
and Puerto Cabezas in the near future.
All the bandits are equipped with a
rifle and a machete and 2 hand bombs.
The rifles are of all classes and
calibers. 75% of the band were Indians
from Segovia and the Upper Coco, not to
be used as machete man but as actual
fighting men. Pedron has 3 riot guns, 2
TSMG’s and 2 BAR’s. Irias has 1 TSMG.
Each man has about 40 rounds of
Jefes recognized by Stantin who employed
most of them at the San Albino Mines
were Pedron, Irias, Gonzales, Palma and
Abraham Rivera. Another jefe who went to
Wuani was Julio Castro.
There are in Siuna these people who are
known to be giving aid to the bandits
and are supplying them with all
necessary information: Pedro Moncada, a
cook by the name of Celestino, and a
wanton by the name of Bertha.
/s/ C. A. INMAN.
Transcribed by Pleet Initiative-funded
Lebanon Valley College
student-researcher Nicholas J. Quadrini.