DEPARTMENT OF NORTHERN BLUEFIELDS
GUARDIA NACIONAL DE NICARAGUA
DISTRICT OF KISALAYA
3 January, 1932.
Statement of Ramon Rodriguez, a resident
of Wasla, sent by the Guardia Nacional
on a mission of espionage and in search
for Company animals taken by bandits
from Louisiana Farm.
“When I arrived at Walpa Tanta, two
bends below Waspuk, I found two company
mules in the potrero of one of the
bandits by the name of Lezandro Bukbuk.
I left them there and proceeded upriver
to Waspuk mouth. I found three more
mules in the potrero of Martin Alvarado.
I returned down river to build a raft on
which to bring the mules down to
Kisalaya. I was captured by a bandit
patrol who tied me up and took me to
Kring Kring, two small villages above
Waspuk mouth where the main group of
bandits were stationed. When I arrived
there the bandits accused me of being a
Guardia Spy and was intending to shoot
me until a friend of mine, also a
bandit, told them not to do so as he
knew me as a good man. His name is
Joaquin Gonzalez. I was compelled for
fifteen days to assist them in driving
cattle up river from Swabin, six bends
down river from Waspuk. They took the
cattle to Kring Kring but I escaped
while the cattle were in a large group
of jungle. I went from there to
Moko-rin, Honduras, from which place I
made my way here.
Colonel Gonzalez told me that they (the
bandits) were building four large boats
in the bushes near Kring Kring to
transport a large group to the Wanks
Bar. The headquarters of the bandits is
at Kipla Pini, at present under the
command of General Jose Cubano. Cubano
sent an order down to Gonzalez to
execute me at once but he (Gonzales) did
not carry it out. He also stated to
execute any one coming up from below
General Caravas is in command of fifty
bandits at Andres-tarra, above Kipla
Pini, consisting of about ten or twelve
houses. The bandits live on the
Nicaraguan side of the river and close
General Chavaria with another fifty men
is in command at Ritey, a village above
Kipla Pini, an Indian settlement of
about ten houses on the Nicaraguan side
of the river.
I heard from the bandits that General
Pedrone Altamirano [Pedrón] will march
with four hundred men towards Puerto
Cabezas from the Pis Pis district and
the four commands up river will attack
Kisalaya and proceed down river to the
bar (Cabo Gracios).
All the Jefes and smaller Jefes are
dressed in khaki clothing. When the
planes fly over they hide in the houses
and under brush.
There is a creek below Kring Kring where
there are a large number of boats
hidden. These boats are hidden in the
thick under-brush on the banks.
Pedrone was supposed to begin his move
shortly after New Years towards Puerto
Cabezas. Jose Cubano will come down with
all commands up river to attack Kisalaya
and then go to Cabo Gracios.
/s/ Ramon Rodriguez
Transcribed by Pleet Initiative-funded
Lebanon Valley College
student-researcher Nicholas J. Quadrini.