File No. 711.1216M/135.

The Acting Secretary of State to the American Ambassador.


As the case is extremely urgent the President has requested the assistance of the Mexican ambassador to facilitate the securing of the permission from the Mexican Government to construct the works for the protection of the Imperial Valley and the control of the Colorado River. In order to do any good at all these works must be completed before March, otherwise great destruction will follow on the Mexican side of the boundary as well as on the American. The President has also asked the Mexican ambassador to obtain a waiver of customs and transportation charges imposed on materials used in the construction of these works in Mexico.

Use every endeavor to expedite the granting of this desired permission.