No. 443.
Mr. Morgan to Mr. Evarts.

No. 140.]

Sir: I inclose original and translation of a note received by me from Señor Mariscal, minister for foreign affairs, together with the document which accompanied it, from which you will observe that the governor of Chihuahua reports to the Federal authorities here that one Robert E. Martin, at the head of a band of robbers, is in the habit of crossing into Mexico from the United States, and robbing and otherwise disturbing Mexican citizens. When pursued by Mexican troops, he recrosses the Rio Grande and thus makes his escape.

Señor Mariscal requests that I may communicate to my government the desire of the Mexican Government to enter into an agreement by which when a pursuit which may hereafter be made by Mexican troops of Martin and his band is forced to cease by reason of their passage of the Rio Grande, it may be taken up by United States troops until they shall have been captured and punished.

I am, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 140.—Translation.]

Señor Mariscal to Mr. Morgan.

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to remit to your excellency copy of a telegram which has been received from the governor of Chihuahua, relative to the incursions [Page 751]of an American bandit, called Robert E. Martin, who for a long time has devastated the haciendas and towns of that State, near the frontier, taking refuge with his booty in the territory of the United States after each of his raids.

Although the proper channel through which to present these facts to the knowledge of your excellency’s government is our legation in Washington, to which the proper instructions have been given, the President has seen fit, in the interests of both governments, of the establishment of the so much desired peace on the frontier, and of harmony between the inhabitants of the two sides, to apply to your excellency to the end that you may be pleased to impress upon your government the necessity of suppressing that bandit, for which purpose the Government of Mexico is desirous that the authorities of the two countries should put themselves in accord, so that when Martin passes the frontier line pursued by Mexican forces, those of the United States will continue the pursuit until they secure his arrest and punishment.

Not doubting that your excellency will co-operate in obtaining this result, I have the honor to again reiterate the assurances of my most distinguished consideration.

[Inclosure 2 in No 140.]

Telegram. Deposited in Chihuahua, November 24, 1880. Received in the palace the 29th of the same month and the same year at 8.38 a.m.

To the Secretary of Foreign Affairs:

The band of marauders, headed by the American bandit Robert E. Martin continues to commit robberies on the inhabitants of Janos and Ascencion, who solicit relief, and as they are exasperated at seeing their property disappear, it is to be feared that upon making the pursuit, as they say they will, they may pass the dividing line, and if they engage the robbers in a fight, it may cause a conflict.