File No. 812.63/99.

The Secretary of State to Vice Consul Coen.

Sir: The Department has received your despatch No. 27 of May 15, 1915, reporting upon the recent decrees affecting mines and mining property promulgated within the past two months by the Chihuahua seat of government.

The matter of the decrees mentioned has been taken up with the appropriate authorities through Special Agent Carothers who recently informed the Department that he would soon proceed to Chihuahua to make an adjustment of the matter and that he was assured that these decrees would not be enforced, at least as against foreigners.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Wilbur J. Carr.