The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 426
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meeting held in Juarez, the boundary commission decided that
center of the rectified channel shall be the international dividing
line, and sections which, as a result of these cuts, may fall on the
Mexican side of the center of the rectified channel shall be considered
as under Mexican sovereignty, and those on the opposite side shall
be considered under American sovereignty, each Government recip-
rocally renouncing in favor of the other rights acquired to its share
of said sections situated on the opposite side of the center of the
By 1931 the governments of Mexico and the United States
had approved in principle the engineering plan of the boundary
commission, and the prospects for the early conclusion of a
treaty for the rectification of the Rio Grande in the vicinity of
El Paso were excellent.58 The Department of State felt reasonably
secure in authorizing Lawrence Lawson, also American commis-
sioner on the International Water Commission,50 to make addi-
tional surveys for the development of engineering plans for
storage dams on the lower Rio Grande."0
Disquieting rumors that the Mexican government was on the
verge of ceding territory to the United States adversely aroused
the Mexican people and temporarily delayed the Mexican gov-
ernment's open acceptance of the proposed treaty. President
Abelardo L. Rodriguez somewhat allayed public opinion when
he issued the statement that
my government will never close any treaty implying loss or modi-
67Morrow to Stimson, September 9, 193o0, in ibid., 556-557.
s8Hoover, State Papers and Other Public Writings, II, 80.
s9The Department of State decided on June 15, 1927, that a new commission
should be titled the International Water Commission, United States and Mexico.
Lawrence Lawson, then American commissioner on the International Boundary
Commission, was appointed to head the American section. By an act of Congress,
the American section of the International Water Commission was abolished in
June, 1932, and its functions, powers, and duties were transferred to the American
section of the International Boundary Commission. For the United' States this
entailed no change in leadership since Lawson headed both commissions. Hack-
worth, Digest of International Law, I, 587-588. Press Releases, No. 348 (July 30,
60The Department of State sent Colonel S. F. Crecelius of Texas, civil engineer
for more than thirty years, to assist Lawson. Herbert J. S. Devries, member of the
bars of Nebraska and New Mexico, also accompanied the American commissioner
because of his experience in legal matters embracing land and irrigation law in
the West. Press Releases, No. 178 (April 4, 1931), 240.
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