to Mr. Evarts.
Buenos Ayres, September 4, 1879. (Received October 8.)
Sir: This city was taken by surprise and much excitement produced by the publication on the 3d instant of a decree issued by Mr. Tejedor, governor of this province, calling out the national guards (state troops), and ordering 600 to be drilled every Sunday and feast-day.
There are in the province 20 battalions of infantry and 50 of cavalry enrolled, and two new regiments, according to the decree, will be formed.
The decree has a depressing effect in business circles, and it is stated that many of the importing houses have telegraphed their foreign agents to send no more goods for the present.
It is reported that the national government will issue a decree ordering the disarmament of the provincial troops of all the provinces. If this report should prove correct the most serious results may be anticipated.[Page 27]
In a political sense Governor Tejedor and bis friends claim this province and Corrientes, and that only one other province is wanted to make him the next President. This province is not conceded to Tejedor by General Roca and his friends, and should an armed struggle take place between the parties it will be over this province and in this city.
On the 1st instant ex-President Sarmiento, minister of the interior, issued a circular letter to the governors of the different provinces, a copy of which I have the honor to inclose herewith, marked A.
I have, &c.,