File No. 612.1123/129.
In the conference yesterday the terms “closed port and open port” were used instead of the term “blockade”. Therefore it is understood that in view of General Carranza’s order closing the port his agreement yesterday to annul that order means that Mexican consuls will now be authorized to clear vessels for Progreso. An interesting feature of the discussion, in which Cabrera was the spokesman, was the point made by Carranza himself that in his opinion a request from the British Government to the American Government during our civil war to discontinue its blockade of New Orleans because British manufacturers needed the cotton would be an appropriate comparison.