File No. 812.00/6075.

The American Ambassador to the Secretary of State.


No material change since my February 9, 7 p.m. The President and Cabinet have abandoned the palace; whereabouts unknown. General Huerta, whose loyalty is questioned, is in charge of the palace. Practically all of the local State authorities, police, and rurales, have revolted to Díaz, who is intrenching himself strongly.

No protection can be obtained for resident foreigners and the diplomatic establishments. In conjunction with my diplomatic colleagues, who heartily approve such action, I am organizing a foreign guard for the protection of foreign lives and property, which I hope to have in good working order before night, as we anticipate an invasion of Zapatistas from the south. Department should take immediate steps to dispatch of war vessels of sufficient size to produce an impression and with marines to render aid where necessary. And on the border equivalent steps should be taken.