File No. 711.1216M/148.

The Secretary of State to the American Ambassador.


Engineer J. A. Ockerson, of the Interior Department, has been appointed by the President as commissioner to cooperate with the commissioner appointed by the Mexican Government to examine the conditions along the Colorado River and to consider the construction of the proposed protective levee. Information as to time and place of meeting will be sent later.

A satisfactory plan has been presented to the Department by the Mexican ambassador. Express appreciation and gratification to the Mexican Government for the prompt consideration given to this matter, and say that a clause is desired in the agreement specifying free entry of subsistence, supplies, tools, equipment, appliances, and [Page 548] material for the construction of the levee, it being understood that any material remaining unconsumed when the work is completed will be reimported into the United States.