File No. 2151/65.

The Secretary of State to the French Chargé.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 15th instant announcing, with regard to existing conditions in Morocco, that your Government, with that of Spain, is about to arrange for the temporary, but immediate, organization of the Moorish police, this measure appearing essential to the efficient protection in Morocco of foreign life and interests, particularly in view of the declaration made by the Shereefian minister of war, in response to a note addressed to him by the representatives of France and Spain at Tangier, that he is unable to give official or personal assurance that he holds sufficient powers to organize the police or guarantee the faithfulness or discipline of the force assembled by him or the safety of its instructors.

Accept, etc.,

Elihu Root.