File No. 812.63/63.
Mr. Sidney Smith to the Secretary of State.
Dear Sir: I desire to call the attention of the State Department to an order issued by V. Carranza, First Chief [etc.] with reference to a tax attempted to be levied and enforced against mining properties in Mexico.[Page 900]
I represent the American Consolidated Mining and Milling Company, a corporation duly incorporated under the laws of the State of Oklahoma, and am attaching hereto a copy of the order above referred to, which, if carried into effect, will mean the absolute confiscation of all of the property of the company I represent in the State of Oaxaca in the Republic of Mexico.
Our company owns 338 pertenencias, in perfecting our title to which we have been out a large sum of money from which we have had but very little returns; and an attempt on the part of the Revolutionary Government of Mexico to enforce the attached order against us at this time would render it impossible for our company to meet the demands of the Government, and would result in the absolute confiscation of our holdings. I would therefore respectfully request that the State Department’s representatives in Mexico be advised by your Department to interpose its protest against the unreasonable and unjust attempt to deprive us of the use or benefit of our property by the enforcement of the attached order.