Zamacona to Mr. Blaine.
Washington, May 24, 1881. (Received May 25.)
Mr. Secretary: An incident which has been reported to me by the Mexican consul at El Paso (the correctness of whose report is corroborated by the inclosed document) induces me to call the attention of your department to the note which I had the honor to address to it on the 16th day of March, 1880, pointing out some of the causes to which, in [Page 830]the opinion of this legation, the depredations committed by the savages on the frontier are due, and particularly referring to the location of some Indian reservations, to the permits granted to the Indians to make extended raids beyond the limits of said reservations, and to the reception which they usually meet with on their return from committing ruinous depredations.
The Department of State will observe that those permits are still granted, and that it is believed by the officers belonging to the local police of Texas that the savages who are permitted to leave the reservations situated near the State of Chihuahua are about to select that portion of Mexico as the scene of their forays.
The laudable interest which has recently been manifested by the Department of State in behalf of the improvement of the condition of the frontier districts on both sides of the Rio Grande induces me to hope that it will take energetic measures to remedy the evils referred to in the reports which I have the honor herewith to inclose.
I avail, &c.,