No. 454.

Mr. Buck to Mr. Bayard .

No. 22.]

Sir: * * * * * * *

Referring again to your No. 129, of May 29, commending action of Mr. Phelps in the Owen Young case, I regret I have to report that, although a communication has long been promised, to which fact I referred in my No. 17, nothing from the foreign office has been received on the subject at this legation. In view, of this fact, on the 4th instant I addressed a note to the minister of foreign relations, of which I inclose a copy.

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I have, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 22.]

Mr. Buck to Mr. Urrutia .

Sir: I regret that I have to call the attention of your excellency to the fact that no reply has been received at this legation to the note written hy the late minister, of the United States, dated April 28, 1885.

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I respectfully suggest to your excellency that former communications from this legation have placed the Government of Peru in possession of the facts respecting the assassination of Owen Young, an American citizen, at the hacienda of Tecapa, September 27, 1884, and even the names of witnesses have been supplied to facilitate the ends of justice.

Perhaps I should suggest that my Government approves of the vigorous note directed to your excellency, by the late minister, Mr. Phelps, on the date above referred to, and I regret that the continued silence of your excellency on the subject, seems to render it necessary for me to urge it upon your attention. With, however, the warmest hope that I soon may be able to report to my Government that the criminal who committed the murder has been punished, and such poor recompense has been made in the shape of a moneyed indemnity to the family of the victim as seems proper.

My Government feels profound concern respecting this affair, for immunity of the murder of Owen Young from due punishment can but be regarded as an evidence that American citizens are insecure in both life and property in Peru. For the honor and advancement of this Republic, if I may be permitted to express that concern resulting from a sincere friendship on the part of my Government, as well as for the interests of our own citizens, anxiety is felt that the criminal should be apprehended and punished, and that reparation should be made to the murdered man’s family.

Instructions under very recent date from my Government advise that its minister here “take occasion to remind his excellency that a continued failure of justice in this case cannot well fail to bring the matter to the attention of the Representatives of the United States in Congress assembled.

I seize, &c.,