File No. 812.63/78.

Consul Guyant to the Secretary of State.

No. 347.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s instruction No. 209 of March 3, 1915, relative to the nullification of mining titles issued during the period in which General Huerta governed Mexico, and have notified the local authorities in accordance with the last paragraph thereof.

Notice of this act of nullification was contained in Circular No. 1 of the Department of Fomento, Section of Mines, Mexico City, dated September 3, 1914, and this notice was conveyed to mine owners by the local mining agent, in some cases verbally, in others by written notices. I transmit herewith a copy and a translation of the circular in question. This circular has been modified by three succeeding circulars from the same source, Nos. 2, 3, and 4, a synopsis of the contents of each following:

No. 2, dated September 5, 1914, contains directions to mining agents as to manner in which annulled titles may be restored, defining the necessary proceedings and stating that applications for this purpose should be treated as new denouncements.

No. 3, dated October 20, 1914, extends the time in which annulled titles may be redenounced to December 31, 1914, and amplifies the rules of No. 2 relative to the proceedings necessary.

No. 4, dated December 21, 1914, issued by the Convention Government, extends the time limit to March 31, 1915.

I have [etc.]

Claude E. Guyant.


[This is an extract from Circular No. 1; see the footnote to Mr. Guyant’s No. 328 of February 8, ante.]