File No. 3172/123A.

The Acting Secretary of State to the American Ambassador.


Urgent. Congress having appropriated $1,000,000 for the purpose of protecting lands against injury or destruction by changes in Colorado River and having authorized President to expend such portion of this sum as he may deem proper within the limits of Mexico under agreement with that Government, Mr. J. A. Ockerson, member of the Mississippi River Commission, has been designated to investigate and make recommendation in the matter.

Mr. Ockerson and party will immediately proceed to Yuma.

Ask Mexican Government to facilitate the movements of the party to and fro across the boundary line and in their travel in Mexico along the various channels of the Colorado River. Any data obtained by the party will be gladly furnished Mexican Government, and it is hoped that the party will receive the cooperation of any officers of the Mexican Government who may be in the vicinity.

You will bring the matter at once to the attention of the Mexican Government and report to the Department.