File No. 812.504/148

The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Fletcher


578. Just informed through Navy that a large number of employees of oil companies have gone on strike without giving notice. During last strike Governor Ricaut had three of the most prominent I. W. W. workers imprisoned. Unless these three released, labor leaders threaten general strike to-day. Governor refuses release men. If general strike called it is believed Ricaut will imprison more leaders.

In opinion of Department, it is important for protection foreign interests that Mexican Government vigorously support Ricaut, as otherwise he may not be able to cope with situation.