Ambassador Thompson to the Acting Secretary of State.


Yours 12th relative to American schooner Hatteras, second paragraph, article 5, of Mexican law, issued December 18, 1902, provides a maritime belt of 20 kilometers in which vessels of all nationalities can be inspected by Mexican men-of-war or coast patrol vessels. If the department thinks this law should be questioned, will you kindly give further instructions.

D. E. Thompson.