812.00/23599: Telegram

The Consul at Mazatlán ( Chapman ) to the Secretary of State

The Government of Sinaloa and practically all of the State officials arrived at Mazatlán by special train from Culiacán at 6 this morning transferring capital [of] State to Mazatlán, having no means of defense against General Ángel Flores who is rapidly moving this way from the north.

This practically leaves all of Sinaloa except city of Mazatlán in the hands rebels. Flores rushing this way to take Mazatlán before General Diéguez can reach here, latter being due about 19th.

As the communication with Department likely to be cut off any moment, suggest that naval vessel stand by to protect American interests and assure continued communication.