No. 204.
Mr. Foster to Mr. Fish.

No. 344.]

Sir: I am at last able to inform you that a portion of the assassins of the American citizen, Rev. John L. Stephens, who was murdered by a religious mob on the 2d of March, 1874, have been punished.

The governor of the State of Jalisco, under date of the 16th instant, has telegraphed the minister of war that on that day five persons were executed in compliance with the sentence which condemned them to capital punishment for the murder of John L. Stephens and Jesus Islas.

I am informed, unofficially, that the trial of other prisoners charged with participating in the mob is still pending.

I am, &c.,