File No. 312.52/617.

The Spanish Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

My dear Mr. Secretary: With further reference to the subject of the confiscation of the water works of Mazatlan I beg to quote the text of a telegram which I have received to-day:

Ayuntamiento executed seizure water supply decree June 6, in spite order from Governor to suspend and protest of British American and Spanish representatives. Manager refused to give possession. However, they are occupying office and taking inventory, without intervention of company’s representatives. As the possessions of the company in the hands of those people, though for a short time, will be the ruin and destruction of the company, I beg your excellency for your valuable effort in order to avoid this offense as soon as possible.

Believe me [etc.]

Juan Riaño.