Mr. Evarts to Señor Navarro.
Washington, January 29, 1881.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 16th of November last, complaining of the acts of public officers and a portion of the populace of the town of Laredo, Tex., whose shots, fired at escaping prisoners from the jail at that place, crossed the Rio Grande and landed on Mexican territory.
In reply, while expressing my regret that such occurrences should have happened, I have the pleasure to inform you that the necessary steps have been taken through the competent authorities of this government, with a view to the effectual stopping, if possible, of such practices, and to the maintenance of the cordial relations now happily uniting the two governments.
I avail, &c.,