File No. 312.115/271
The Secretary of State to Special Representative Rodgers
Washington , August 18, 1916, noon .
303. D. J. Woodward, American citizen, owning La Marima Hacienda on river San Antonio, Coahuila, requests representations against instructions affecting his property received by the several mayors of that section to take possession of all nuts on the river in the name of the State Government. Consul, Piedras Negras, [Page 786] reports that, while timber on navigable rivers, according to Mexican law, is withheld by Government for distance of twelve yards, law clearly states, fruits, grass, etc., thereon are property of owner adjoining land.
Request that, if compatible with Mexican law, orders be issued for relief of Mr. Woodward from instructions mentioned.