File No. 312.115/267
Washington , July 22, 1916, 7 p.m.
238. Department informed of following recent confiscations of American property State Durango: All bullion taken from Mexican Candelaria and San Luis companies, Sandimas; tannery in Durango State belonging Victor Gomez estate, confiscated by General Laveaga, military commander; all property of American Smelting and Refining Company, Velardena and Asarco, being taken by Mexican railroad employees; cattle and property on Varn’s Cacaria ranch being removed.
Request immediate orders for return all this American property and that depredations thereon be absolutely discontinued. Ask that you be advised at once what action will be taken.