File No. 312.11/6066.

Special Agent Carothers to the Secretary of State .


Referring Department telegram [of May 17] about payment wages in Mexican gold or silver, General Villa telegraphed me as follows in reply to my representations:

Leon, May 20.

Referring your telegram of yesterday, it is impossible to revoke order, as it emanated from the Secretary of Finance. But I am gladly disposed to furnish ample armed escorts to companies whenever they are required to convey funds, thus preventing assaults by bandits. I have ordered General Urbina to send me the text of this [his?] decree, and if it is in improper form, as discriminating against foreigners, I will make the necessary changes.