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eration of Labor. Two days later Ricardo Trevifio, secretary of La
Confederaci6n Regional de Obreros Mexicanos (CROM), and R.
Cervantes Torres, secretary of the interior, wrote directly to Gompers,
declaring that "this armed movement is attempting again to establish
reaction and to revive the practice of enslaving the common people
that once prevailed here." They asked "in the name of labor soli-
darity the support of the Pan-American Federation to avoid especially
the development of enemy movements" in the United States." With
this initial request, Gompers in turn prodded the various trade
unions, through the medium of the American Federation of Labor, to
support the Obreg6n regime by refusing to handle any mat6riCl
destined for the rebels."
With rebellion three days in progress a cautious United States
support made itself manifest for Obreg6n. Despite the fact that by
December io the Mexican government seemed besieged by rebels
on all sides, United States State Department officials declared that the
rebellion would not retard the ratification of the claims conventions
by the Mexican Senate. Thus, the United States demonstrated early
confidence in Mexico's ability to cope with internal political strife
and still meet her international commitments. State Department views
were borne out when, on December 12, the Mexican Senate received
the treaties for consideration. Introduction of the special-claims con-
vention by the Mexican Senate indicated that Mexico was prepared
to' make retribution for the damage caused by the Revolution."
Rapid ratification of the treaty would undoubtedly make the Obreg6n
regime appear in a more favorable light.
Obreg6n feared that De la Huerta and his rebels might induce
the United States pilots to fly airplanes in the cause of reaction
against the legitimate government of Mexico. The rebellious forces
owned -four British-made planes and hoped to obtain United States
pilots to act as aviators. Obreg6n believed that such a circumstance
would "introduce a very undesirable international element into the
'9The Nation, CXVII (December 26, 1923) , 748.
n"American Federationist, XXXI (February, 1924), 146. For George T. Summerlin's
analysis of the role that labor played in supporting Obreg6n and his government, see
Summerlin to Secretary of State, January lo, 1924, Internal Affairs of Mexico, File No.
812.oo/26818, Papers of the Department of State, Record Group 59 (National Archives).
"1New York Times, December 11, 12, 1925; Excelsior (Mexico City), December 12,
Colonel W. K. Naylor, General Staff, to Adjutant General, December 12, 1928, War
College, File No. 2657-G-432, Military Intelligence Division, RG 165 (National Archives).
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