File No. 312.11/6946.

The Secretary of State to Special Agent Silliman .


Although Belt telegraphed November 20 from Saltillo that General Carranza had ordered proper authorities to station a guard at Los Mochis, Department informed anarchy still prevails there and that properties of about fifty American settlers are being looted. Americans have been driven from their homes and fear total destruction their holdings. United States naval vessel stationed at Topolobampo telegraphed yesterday nothing had been done for relief Los Mochis.

Urge General Carranza immediately to order an adequate force to garrison Los Mochis permanently, otherwise a repetition of the present conditions is certain to occur.