File No. 711.1215/395.
The Secretary of the International Boundary Commission to the Secretary of State.
Referring status quo Chamizal tract. Since my telegram of 14th Mexican Commissioner officially protested against evictions in Chamizal without compliance with terms of agreement pending representations by Mexican Government. I called on Marshal for explanation of alleged evictions and he advised that he had permitted certain parties to occupy vacant houses on land in question with understanding that they leave when requested. He so requested some ten days ago and they left land as soon as other houses could be obtained. There were no forcible evictions. Weather was bitterly cold and as these people are extremely poor every opportunity was given them to find other homes and railroad companies placed small sum of money at disposal of Marshal to assist them in order to prevent suffering. Eight persons removed from the land and I have investigated the case of each one and find absolutely no intention to establish or maintain any possession adverse to that of Marshal and therefore not sufficient to meet the requirements for occupancy under Mexican title filed by agreement.