Memorandum by the Secretary of State of a Conversation with the Mexican Chargé (Téllez) and the Mexican Commissioner on Confidential Mission in the United States (Ross), December 29, 1923

The Secretary expressed his regret that Mr. Ramon Ross, on account of his illness, was not able to be present at the Secretary’s last interview with Mr. Tellez. The Secretary then had explained that it was felt to be contrary to the spirit of the Naval Treaty for this Government to dispose of vessels to another Government which were to be immediately used as vessels of war. The Secretary, however, had taken up with the President the request of Mr. Tellez, made at the last interview, for the sale of rifles which were at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, to the Mexican Government and this request was being favorably considered. The Secretary said that the matter was now in the course of communication to the War Department and it was expected that an early reply would be received.

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