File 3172/91.

The Acting Secretary of State to the American Ambassador.

No. 490.]

Sir: Referring to your dispatch No. 984 of the 2d ultimo, I inclose herewith a copy of a letter from the Secretary of the Interior,1 in which he states that it is now probable that the Laguna Dam surveying party will not start work until the fall and that in the meantime it is desirable to obtain any further authority or necessary documents for the carrying out of the proposed survey and examination, and he asks what steps, if any, are to be taken in the matter and [Page 541] requests the Department to procure copies of instructions authorizing the men in the field to cross into Mexico with their camp equipment, instruments, etc.

You will take the matter up with the Mexican Government, with a view to securing favorable action on Secretary Garfield’s requests.

I am [etc.],

Robert Bacon.

[Public Resolution—No. 43.]

[S. J. Res. 120.]

Joint Resolution Making an appropriation to permit the President to protect lands and property in Imperial Valley, California.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of one million dollars, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to be expended by the President for the purpose of protecting the lands and property in the Imperial Valley and elsewhere along the Colorado River, within the limits of the United States, against injury or destruction by reason of the changes in the channels of the Colorado River, and the President is authorized to expend any portion of such money within the limits of the Republic of Mexico as he may deem proper in accordance with such agreements for the purpose as he may make with the Republic of Mexico.

Approved, June 25, 1910.

  1. Not printed.