to Mr. Evarts.
Mexico, November 4, 1878.
Sir: In my 809, of the 16th ultimo, I transmitted the correspondence between the Mexican foreign office and this legation in regard to the acts of Areola and his band in Texas.
The acting minister has taken exception to the reference in my note of October 14 (inclosure 4 in No. 809), in which I refer to the ready disposition of the Mexican Government to resort to technical defenses to [Page 731] excuse its failure to punish marauding Mexican citizens on the Rio Grande frontier. I inclose a translation of the minister’s note, in which it will be seen that he “defends the course of his government by the action of Mr. Secretary Fish in a note addressed to the Mexican legation in Washington, dated December 1, 1871.
I have replied to the minister’s note, showing the want of application of the circumstances referred to in Mr. Fish’s note to the present causes of complaint on the Rio Grande. I also add a brief recital of the conduct of the Mexican Government in the three cases where a disposition has been manifested by the local authorities to co-operate with the American troops in support of ray allegation.
Up to the present date no answer has been received from the foreign office to my note.
I am, &c.,