to Mr. Evarts.
Mexico , December 23, 1878. (Received January 8, 1879.)
Sir: Under date of the 18th instant, the acting minister of foreign affairs sent me a note, inclosed in copy, informing me that the raider Areola, of whose acts you had instructed me to complain, had been arrested, and the minister asked that I would furnish his department with the data in my possession concerning crimes committed by Arreola, in order to communicate them to the judge having jurisdiction of his case.
I answered the minister, on the 21st, that I had already furnished him all the facts possessed by me, but stated that I would send you a copy of his note for your information and action. I also took occasion to refer him to my view of this matter of evidence, as set forth in my note to him of the 25th ultimo (see my dispatch, No. 854, of the 14th instant, inclosure 2); and closed by saying that my government would doubtless recognize in Areola’s arrest an evidence of the good disposition of that of Mexico, and would be gratified to know that this step would result in relieving the Texas frontier from his depredations in the future.
I have to suggest that information of Areola’s arrest, and of the inclosed request of the Mexican Government for evidence of his crimes, be sent to the American authorities in Texas, in the vicinity of Piedras Negras; and also that I be furnished with any further information in the possession of the Department.
I am, &c.