The Chargé in Mexico ( Summerlin ) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received February 1.]
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith the translation of a law enacted by the Mexican Congress, and published in the Diario Oficial of the eighth instant, prescribing the procedure to be followed [Page 475] in making grants or restitutions of lands to towns, hamlets, congregations (congregaciones), communities and other nuclei of population, for their common use until such time as legislation may be enacted on the general subject of land division.
The law prescribes that such grants are of public utility and, consequently, that the legitimate owner thereof has the right to proper indemnization by the Federal Government in accordance with rules established in the law which appear to provide for paying the owner the value of the property as fixed in the tax list plus ten percent and any additional excess which may be allowed by experts for improvements made after the value was fixed in the tax list.
I have [etc.]
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