File No. 812.512/681.
The Acting Secretary of State to Special Agent Silliman.
Washington, June 30, 1915.
Report result representations made pursuant to Department’s May 28.
Department advised by Consul, Guadalajara, that Governor states that in forcing re-payment taxes already paid Villa faction he is acting according to laws formerly promulgated. In this connection again bring to Carranza’s attention generally accepted principle international law that property owners are entitled to pay taxes to persons in de facto authority and state that this Government insists that local laws in conflict with this principle shall not be permitted to operate against interests of American citizens.