File No. 812.00/447.

The American Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

No. 249.

Sir: As supplementary to the memorandum I transmitted to the Department with my despatch No. 245, of the 15th instant, I have the honor to inclose to the Department herewith a copy of a memorandum recording a conversation I recently [Nov. 14] had with President Díaz regarding in the main the recent anti-American manifestations and their real significance, which the President considers political * * * [the omission is irrelevant].

I have [etc.],

Henry Lane Wilson.


To-day at noon I called upon the President for the purpose of conferring with him upon the recent anti-American disturbances throughout the country. * * * He immediately opened the question by saying that he felt confident that the agitation had been brought about by persons antagonistic to the Government; that the students had been used as a tool to discredit the Government and that the crime committed in Rock Springs, Tex., had served as a pretext to arouse the young men into unlawful action. He said that this belief of his was corroborated by the discovery made yesterday by the police, to the effect that a certain commercial house had sold to an enemy of the Government something like 100 rifles; * * * that a thorough search having been made in the house of the purchaser, the police discovered in his possession three appointments, signed by Francisco Madero, as President ad interim and Commander of the Revolutionary Army of Mexico, in favor of men known to be adverse to the Government.

The President also informed me that he had received information by wire that the consul at San Antonio, Tex., had complained to the American authorities about the purchase made by the followers of Madero of a certain number of arms, which soon after this complaint were seized by said authorities. He considers this act as a breach of the laws of neutrality and would much appreciate such energetic action as the American Government may take to stop this unlawful practice of men who seek refuge in the United States for no other purpose than to conduct a relentless revolutionary campaign against the Government of a friendly nation. The President said that he had always looked with satisfaction upon the friendly relations of Mexico and the United States, and that there is nothing he will not do to bring the countries to a still closer understanding.

He said that he had given the press strict orders to stop any further comments on the anti-American demonstrations, and that one of the journals which had disobeyed these instructions, namely, El Debate, had been suppressed. I asked him why it was, then, that the more serious journals did not come right out in terms and denounce the so-called anti-American movement as a disturbance caused for political motives and not because of the lynching of a man in Texas. He said that such papers as the Government could control would do so in a day or two.

He said that the evidence relating to the revolutionary campaign conducted by Madero and Flores Magón had been sent to Ambassador de la Barra, in Washington, but that he would much appreciate it if I would also bring these facts to the attention of the Department, which I, of course, promised him that I would do.