File No. 812.512/757.

The Acting Secretary of State to Special Agent Carothers .

[Telegram.]

Department informed Villa has imposed large forced-loan tax on value cotton which, plus export tax, amounts to over $11 a bale, and has ordered all laguna cotton shipped north.

If report correct make urgent protest against this taxation on ground that it is confiscatory of cotton belonging to Tlahualilo Company and other foreign concerns and individuals. Earnestly endeavor obtain withdrawal this tax.

Osborne.