File No. 812.504/82


131. Consul Dawson telegraphs striking employees of Eagle Oil Company yesterday assaulted with weapons American official of company. Manager of company, presumably British, was also assaulted. Authorities, although advised of threats, took no precautions, and did not act until British Consul demanded protection and arrest of rioters. Consul has been informed strikers have received anonymous contribution of five hundred American dollars. More serious situation expected May 1.

Take up with appropriate authorities, and request that definite instructions be telegraphed to Tampico officials to take immediate steps to protect American life and property.