The Consul at Mazatlan (Chapman) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 17—4:42 a.m.]
Invading forces were at Naranjo, 31 miles this side San Bias, Sinaloa, at 10 this morning, probably reached [will reach?] Culiacán, [Page 140]capital of the State, tonight. Most of the prominent people of capital came to Mazatlán this morning on Governor’s special train, others expected as rolling stock concentrates here as now ordered by General Iturbe [Iturbide?]. Troop movement from Nayarit being delayed, cause delay not known. Many think siege here certain. Consular agency Los Mochis telegraphs for naval vessel not over 15 feet draft for Topolobampo on account of local conditions.
Both Mexicans and foreigners anxious to see American warship at Mazatlán.