Zamacona to Mr. Blaine.
Washington, August 8, 1881.
Mr. Secretary: The newspapers of to-day publish two dispatches, which the Department of State will find in the inclosed slips, and which [Page 839]refer to the alarming increase in the depredations of the Apache, Mescalero and Navajo Indians in the frontier districts between Mexico and the United States. I call the attention of the department to these dispatches, not so much on account of the testimony which they bear in relation to the magnitude of the evil, as on account of the fact that, while they point out the causes, they also furnish proof of the statements made by this legation in its notes of March 16, 1880, and of May 24 and July 18, 1881, touching the results to which the location and management of certain Indian reservations lead.
These results are felt in a peculiar manner in Mexico, as the Department will see by another dispatch which appeared in the papers on Saturday last, and which I likewise inclose. It is therein stated that the Mexican Government has been obliged to organize military operations on a large scale against the Indians who cross the frontier and devastate certain districts of the neighboring republic.
I flatter myself with the hope that the Department of State will be pleased to utilize the information contained in these dispatches, and to cause such measures to be taken by the proper authorities as the case demands, the necessity of which I had the honor to point out as long ago as during the spring of 1880, in my aforesaid note of March 16.
I reiterate, &c.,