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MEXICO

AMERICAN ASSISTANCE FOLLOWING DESTRUCTION OF Towns IN CENTRAL AND

SOUTHERN MEXICO BY EARTHQUAKE OF JANUARY 14, 1931

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1931 Jan. 15 From the Consul General at Mexico City (tel.)

Report of earthquake over wide area; belief that no American

citizens were hurt.
Jan. 19 From the Acting National Director of Insular and Foreign Opera-

tions, American Red Cross
Allotment of $5,000 for relief of earthquake sufferers, and re-
quest that Department transmit the money to the Mexican

Red Cross through the American Ambassador.
Jan. 19 From the Ambassador in Mexico (tel.)
(24) Suggestion that Department may wish to send message of

sympathy to Mexican Government, in view of the number of

deaths (over 200).
Jan. 19 To the Ambassador in Mexico (tel.)
(21) Instructions for delivery of the $5,000 from American Red

Cross.
Jan. 20 From President Hoover to the President of Mexico (tel.)

Message of sympathy to the Mexican people.
Jan. 21 From the President of Mexico to President Hoover (tel.)

Appreciation for message of sympathy.
Feb. 21 From the Ambassador in Mexico
(211) Transmittal to the Foreign Office of two contributions

raised by Consul Richard F. Boyce, of Nuevo Laredo, for the
earthquake sufferers; receipt of note of appreciation from Mexi-
can Government for Boyce's action.

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REPRESENTATIONS Against Action OF MILITARY PROSECUTOR IN SUMMONING

AMERICAN CONSULAR OFFICER TO GIVE TESTIMONY WITHOUT AFFORDING HIM OPPORTUNITY TO CONSULT AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

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1930
Nov. 8 From the Vice Consul at Guaymas
(114) Receipt of an order to appear before the Military Prosecu-

tor in connection with an investigation being made of alleged
activities of General Pascual Gónzalez during insurrection of

1929; account of appearance and testimony given.
Dec. 4 To the Ambassador in Mexico
(7) Instructions to bring to attention of the Foreign Office the

Department's disagreement with the procedure followed by the
Military Prosecutor in summoning the American consular
officer to give testimony without allowing time for consulting

his Government.
Dec. 22 From the Ambassador in Mexico
(67) Request for instructions as to exact representations to be

made. 1931 Jan. 27 To the Ambassador in Mexico (79) Transmittal of exact form of representations to be made

(text printed). 591381-46-VOL. II- -6

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MEXICO REPRESENTATIONS AGAINST ACTION OF MILITARY PROSECUTOR IN SUMMONING

AMERICAN CONSULAR OFFICER TO GIVE TESTIMONY WITHOUT AFFORDING HIM OPPORTUNITY TO CONSULT AMERICAN GOVERNMENT-Continued

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1931 Apr. 30 (389)

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From the Ambassador in Mexico

Foreign Office reply to U. S. representations (text printed), expressing view, with reference to the Prosecutor's order to Vice Consul to testify in this case, that compliance with such a request is optional.

ShootiNG OF MANUEL GARCÍA GÓMEZ AND Emilio Cortez Rubio, MEXICAN

CITIZENS, AT ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA, BY DEPUTY SHERIFFS

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1931
June 8 From the Mexican Chargé
(02373) Report of the fatal shooting of two Mexican students by a

traffic policeman at Ardmore, Oklahoma; request for Depart-
ment's influence with appropriate authorities toward an early

investigation to determine responsibilities in the case. June 8 To the Governor of Oklahoma (tel.)

Request that, in view of possible international complications,
a minute investigation be made and results telegraphed to the

Department.
June 8 From the Governor of Oklahoma (tel.)

Information that complete investigation has been ordered,
and that the bodies will be prepared for shipment to Mexico at

State's expense.
June 8 To the Ambassador in Mexico (tel.)

of Mexico (text printed) expressing regret over the killing of

the two students. June 8 From the Ambassador in Mexico (tel.) (184) Visit to the President and Foreign Minister, transmitting

President Hoover's telegram and expressing regrets of the

Department and the Ambassador. June 8 From the Governor of Oklahoma

Letter sent to the Mexican Consul at Oklahoma City (text

printed), expressing regret over the occurrence. June 9 From the Governor of Oklahoma (tel.)

Details of initiation of the investigation and of arrangements

for Colonel Clowe to accompany the bodies to Mexico City. June 9 From the Ambassador in Mexico (tel.) (186) Message from President Ortiz Rubio (text printed) express

ing appreciation for President Hoover's message. June 9 To the Mexican Chargé

Expression of regret over deplorable incident, and assurance that results of investigation will be communicated as soon as

possible. June 10 From the Ambassador in Mexico (tel.)

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(188) Pradavice from Foreigin Office, in reply to oral inquiry, that it

would be advisable for Colonel Clowe to accompany the bodies only to the border, in view of possibility of hostile demonstration against United States upon arrival of bodies in Morelia.

MEXICO

SHOOTING OF MANUEL GARCÍA GÓMEZ AND Emilio CORTÉZ Rubio, MEXICAN

CITIZENS, AT ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA, BY DEPUTY SHERIFFS—Continued

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1931 June 10

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From the Governor of Oklahoma (tel.)

Report of detailed arrangements to alleviate the strained
relations between the two countries.
From the Ambassador in Mexico (tel.)

Report that the press has treated the killings with forbear-
ance and moderation, although the occurrence has caused
considerable ill feeling against the United States.
From the Consul at Nuevo Laredo

Detailed account of the transport of the bodies across the
border, with no demonstrations either at Laredo, Texas, or
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
To the Governor of Oklahoma

Appreciation for the Governor's prompt action in arranging
for investigation.
From the Mexican Chargé

Gratitude of the relatives of the two students for courtesies
extended by President Hoover, the Department, and the
Governor of Oklahoma.
From the Ambassador in Mexico (tel.)

Visit from Salvador Cortés Rubio (eyewitness to the tragedy)
and his father concerning the former's returning to Oklahoma
to testify at the trial of the deputy sheriffs and the expenses of
the trip.
To the Mexican Chargé

Reply, to Mexican request for continuation of the investiga-
tion, that Oklahoma authorities are proceeding with all due
dispatch required by law.
To the Ambassador in Mexico (tel.)

Information from Governor of Oklahoma that expenses of
Salvador Cortés Rubio (as a witness at the trial) would be fully
taken care of.
From the Ambassador in Mexico (tel.)

Foreign Minister's statement to the press (text printed)
indicating that Mexican Government is awaiting an investi-
gation by U. S. Federal authorities, following acquittal by
the jury in_Ardmore of the deputy sheriff on the charge of
murdering Emilio Cortés Rubio.
To the Mexican Chargé

Résumé of all facts in case, gathered from study of steno-
graphic reports of the trial of Deputy Sheriff Guess and other
documentation; advice that trial of Deputy Sheriffs Guess and
Crosby will take place in early fall.
From the Mexican Ambassador

Mexican Government's representations based on U. S. re-
sponsibility in the case, and alleged negligence thus far in
securing punishment of the police officers involved.

(Footnote: Information that the second trial was in progress at this time; that on November 22 the jury acquitted the defendants.)

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MEXICO

SHOOTING OF MANUEL GARCÍA GÓMEZ AND EMILIO CORTÉZ RUBIO, MEXICAN

Citizens, AT ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA, BY DEPUTY SHERIFFS—Continued

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1931 Nov. 30

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To the Mexican Ambassador

Acknowledgment of Ambassador's note of November 20.

(Note: U. S. provision of $30,000, by Act of Congress February 25, 1933, for the families of Gómez and Rubio ($15,000 each), "as an act of grace ...")

REPRESENTATIONS BY THE GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO AGAINST THE ARREST AND

SENTENCE OF MEXICAN VICE CONSUL AT CHICAGO FOR CONTEMPT OF COURT

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1931
July 7 To the Governor of Illinois (tel.)

Request that investigation be made of reported arrest of
Mexican Consul at Chicago and that steps be taken to effect his

release.
July 7 From the Governor of Illinois (tel.)

Advice that an immediate investigation is being made. July 8 From the Mexican Ambassador

Protest against the action of Judge Thomas Green in arrest

and sentence of Vice Consul Domínguez. July 9 | From the Governor of Illinois (tel.)

Statement issued by Judge Green (text printed) that he has entered an order expunging the order of July 7 which held

Domínguez in contempt of court. July 10 To the Mexican Ambassador

Advice that the action against Domínguez is definitely terminated.

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SUIT IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK INVOLVING THE

INTERESTS OF THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT

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From the Mexican Ambassador

Position of the Mexican Government, in connection with
action brought in Supreme Court of New York against Thomas
W. Lamont and others and the United Mexican States, that
Mexico as a sovereign country does not recognize the jurisdic-
tion of any foreign court in affairs concerning the nation.
To the Governor of New York

Request that appropriate action be taken to effect dismissal
of the suit against the Mexican Government.
To the Mexican Ambassador

Advice concerning Department's communication to the Gov-
ernor of New York.
From the Acting Governor of New York

Communication from the Attorney General of the State of
New York (text printed) pointing out the court's right to ad-
judicate as to property within its jurisdiction and as to the
parties before it, without action being binding on the Mexican
Government but with certain results as to the fund or property
involved.

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731 MEXICO

SUIT IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF New YORK INVOLVING THE

INTERESTS OF THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT-Continued

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1931 June 26 (02628)

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June 29

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From the Merican Ambassador

Understanding that the defendants have appealed the de-
cision of Justice Valente with respect to funds involved in the
suit, and request that at the time appeal is heard the court be
informed (1) that Government of Mexico declines to appear in
the suit, and (2) that the funds involved are the property of the
Government of Mexico and therefore not subject to seizure.
To the Attorney General

Desire that the appropriate United States attorney be in-
structed to appear before the Appellate Division of the court
and present the position of the Mexican Government as indi-
cated in Mexican Ambassador's note of June 26.
To the Mexican Ambassador

Advice of Department's request to the Attorney General.
From the Attorney General

Compliance with Department's request of June 29.
From the Attorney General

Decision of the Appellate Division (text printed) reversing
the order of the Lower Court.

June 29

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July 1

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July 15

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MOROCCO RESERVATION OF RIGHTS BY THE UNITED STATES IN THE APPLICATION OF

DECREES AND TAXES TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE FRENCH ZONE

1930 Jan. 17

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Feb. 21

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From the American Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at

Tangier to the French Resident General in Morocco
Protest against application of a Vizirial Decree dated July
6, 1929, which would prohibit, as from January 23, 1930, the
importation or sale of imported canned foods into the French
Zone unless name of country of origin is stamped on the metal
containers. Reminder also that such measures cannot legally
be enforced on American nationals until assent of U. Š.
Government is secured.
From the Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Tangier

Information that enforcement of decree of July 6, 1929, has
been postponed for 6 months.
From the American Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at

Tangier to the French Resident General in Morocco
Suggestion that a formal request be made for U. S. Govern-
ment's assent to each and all of legislative measures to which
U. S. adhesion is desired.
To the Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Tangier

Instructions to maintain for the present the position taken
with regard to application of decrees to American ressortissants.
To the Diplomatic Agent and Consul General at Tangier

U.S. consent, with reservations, to the application to American nationals of a dahir or patente tax, dated December 12,

Mar. 5

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Apr. 29

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May 8

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