Mr. Evarts to Señor Navarro.
Washington, December 3, 1880.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 18th October* with inclosures, in which are detailed the circumstances under which fresh outrages are said to have been perpetratedy recently upon the property of citizens of Mexico in the State of Chihuahua by persons belonging to a marauding band headed by one Robert E. Martin, whose habitation is alleged to be in American territory.
In reply I have to express my deep regret that such depredatory acts should have been committed upon your countrymen by persons from this side of the line, and I shall, therefore, lose no time in bringing the matter to the attention of the competent authorities of this government with a view to their adopting such forcible measures as will, if possible, destroy and break up such a band, whose raids and acts are a constant source of annoyance to the peace and prosperity of both governments. Accept, &c.,