File No. 812.63/74.
Special Agent Carothers to the Secretary of State.
Regarding mining law, Minister of Works informs me that it is not in effect inasmuch as neither proper legal publications nor citations have been made; that the law has been misunderstood, as its intention was not to operate retroactively but to guard against speculators. * * * He has offered to take up the subject with Villa immediately after the coming battle and arrive at a satisfactory understanding.