The Consul at Nuevo Laredo (Wormuth) to the Secretary of State

No. 153

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of the Department’s telegraphic instruction in code of July 15, 1932, expressing its gratification for the information contained in this consulate’s telegram of July 14th transmitting the assurance of District Attorney Valls at Laredo, Texas, that General Calles would encounter no difficulty upon his return to Mexico via Laredo and also furnishing this consulate certain information relative to the diplomatic status of General Calles in the event that it should become necessary owing to some unforeseen emergency to communicate such information to Mr. Valls.

I have the honor to report that General Calles and his wife together with other high Mexican officials arrived at Laredo at 2 o’clock A.M. Sunday morning July 17th and passed into Mexico without encountering any difficulty whatsoever and that it was not necessary to use the confidential information furnished by the Department.

The Department’s other instructions in reference to communicating to General Calles the felicitations of President Hoover and his wife and yourself and Mrs. Stimson were complied with but on account of [Page 765] the early hour and the fact that General Calles and his wife did not wish to be disturbed, the messages were transmitted by letters, copies of which are herewith attached.32 These letters were taken to the train personally by myself and Vice Consul Williams and his wife and delivered personally to General Riva Palacio at the train at 2 A.M. There were no demonstrations at the train at Laredo and the only ones present to receive General Calles were the Mexican Consul, Alejandro V. Martinez, and staff and myself and Vice Consul Williams. The train proceeded from Laredo to Nuevo Laredo on approximately schedule time 2:30 A.M.

For the Department’s further confidential information I might state that upon the interview had with Judge Valls on July 14th, the latter stated to myself and Vice Consul Harper who accompanied me at that time, after assuring us that General Calles and his party would encounter no difficulty upon their return to Mexico on this occasion, that he was not through with General Calles yet and that, to use his own words, “I will get him yet”. However, it is believed that so long as General Calles is armed with proper diplomatic credentials he will experience no difficulty in crossing the border. In this connection Valls raises the point that he should receive direct information from the Department that Calles is traveling not only with a diplomatic passport properly visaed but also that he is traveling upon a diplomatic mission. In this particular trip of General Calles, Valls has waived this point and taken my assurances that General Calles was armed with proper credentials. I am not so sure, however, that he will continue so to do because his expressions and statements indicate a personal animosity toward Calles that might on some occasion push him into some hasty and ill considered action, contrary to what might be reasonably expected from an official holding a high and important governmental position.

Respectfully yours,

Romeyn Wormuth
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