File No 312.11/7012a
The Secretary of State to the Secretary of Navy .
Washington , November 23, 1915 .
Sir: Referring to previous correspondence in regard to the situation at Los Mochis, Mexico, I have the honor to request that the U. S. S. [Page 848] Maryland be immediately equipped for a trip to Topolobampo, for the purpose of affording protection for the American colony at Los Mochis. At least three hundred marines should be taken aboard and be kept in readiness to land, but no landing should be permitted until definite instructions to that effect have been issued.
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