to Mr. Fish.
Mexico, March 4, 1874. (Received March 24.)
Sir: On the 27th ultimo I addressed Mr. Lafragua, minister of foreign affairs, a note in accordance with the instructions contained in your dispatch No. 68, informing him of the investigation which the Secretary of the Interior caused to be made of the Indian incursions from Arizona Territory into the State of Sonora, Mexico, and expressed the hope that he would be satisfied from this action and the instructions given by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the agent of the Chiricahua (Apache) Indians of Arizona, of which I inclosed a copy, that careful inquiry had been made into the complaints, and that vigorous and effective measures bad been, and would be, adopted to restrain the Indian tribes of Arizona, and put an end to their depredations in the State of Sonora. I, at the same time, conveyed to Mr. Lafragua the assurance contained in your dispatch that there is every disposition on the part of the Government of the United States to prevent a recurrence of occasion for complaints of this character. (Inclosure 1.)[Page 733]
Mr. Lafragua has acknowledged the receipt of my note, under date of the 2d instant, conveying his thanks to me for calling your attention to the complaints of the Mexican press in regard to the depredations of the Indians from Arizona, and expressed the conviction that the action which the Government of the United States has been pleased to take will produce the most satisfactory results, as also his obligation for the disposition manifested that there may be no further occasion for similar complaints. (Inclosure 2.)
Since the date of my dispatch No. 36, on the 27th of August last, the consul of Guaymas, Sonora, Mr. Willard, has repeatedly advised me of the Apache depredations in Sonora; and the Mexican press has published additional lists of murders and robberies alleged to have been committed by these Indians from Arizona Territory.
I am, &c.,