The Chargé in Mexico (Summerlin) to the Secretary of State

No. 4648

Sir: With reference to the Department’s No. 1860 of November 23, 1921,43 I have the honor to report that El Universal of the third instant published an article to the effect that cotton-growers of Arizona and California are seeking by means of dams and impoundings altogether to deprive Mexicans of the waters of the Colorado River to which they are justly entitled pursuant to the Guadalupe Treaty signed in 1848.44 The article added that the Department of Communications and Public Works had appointed Mr. Manuel Balarezo, Civil Engineer, to represent Mexico’s interests at the conferences presently to be held in San Francisco, California.

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The local press of the fourth instant stated that the following committee has been appointed by General Obregón to attend the conference which is to be held at Riverside, California, and at which will be discussed the utilization of the waters of the Colorado River:

  • President, Engineer Federico Ramos,
  • Engineer Manuel Balarezo,
  • Engineer Javier Sánchez Mejorada.

It is stated further that the appointment of the commission has been communicated to the Secretary-Treasury of the League of the Southwest, in response to its telegram dated December second, in which the League announced its desire to accord due honors and hospitality to the Mexican Commission and requested information as to the number and names of its members, date of arrival, etc.

I have [etc.]

George T. Summerlin
  1. Not printed.
  2. Treaty of Feb. 2, 1848; for text, see Malloy, Treaties, vol. i, p. 1107.