File No. 711.1216M/139.

[Telegram—Paraphrase.]

The embassy has received a note from the foreign office which states that President Diaz has no authority to permit the erection of levees or to grant free entry of materials for the work. The negotiation of a treaty is suggested and the Mexican ambassador at Washington has received detailed and specific instructions as to terms. Congressional action must be taken concerning the free entry of materials.

Wilson.