File No. 312.52/617.

The Secretary of State ad interim to the Spanish Ambassador.

My dear Mr. Ambassador: I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your note of June 8, 1915, relative to the confiscation of the Mazatlan Water Supply Company at Mazatlan, Mexico.

In reply I desire to inform you that the Department has just been informed, through the Navy Department, that the Governor of the State of Sinaloa desires to return the Water Supply Company to the owners thereof, but that he is opposed by political factions. Additional information received through the same source indicates that it is probable that this property will be restored to the owners shortly.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing.