Mr. Reinberg to Mr. Davis.
Guayaquil, Ecuador, January 20, 1885. (Received February 2.)
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch dated December 29, and to inclose you copies of my dispatches addressed to the governor of this province with reference to the case of Mr. Santos, who continues imprisoned at the port of Manta; also a translation of the governor’s answer to my dispatch A, wherein it is stated that the Ecuadorian Government does not recognize the American citizenship of Mr. Santos till the proofs of such fact are presented by this office. In view of this answer, and without any evidence to certify to the nationality of Mr. Santos, and with only your telegram, which it seems was not satisfactory evidence to the Ecuadorian authorities, I telegraphed you as follows:
Julio Romano Santos, prisoner port Manta. Northern ports continue closed. Government claims Santos Ecuadorian. Wants proofs of American citizenship.
And in answer to which I received, yesterday, your cable:
Santos naturalized July 6, seventy-four. Department has record. Will send copy. Inform Government and request release.
With which information I immediately acquainted the proper Ecuadorian authorities, as per inclosed copy of my dispatch B. To this note, as well as to dispatch C, I have not as yet received an answer from the Government, who, I imagine, delays purposely an answer till the steamer, which carries the American mail, leaves to-day this port for Panama.
Although I had communicated to the governor the instructions I had received from the Department, I called on His Excellency the President, and again requested the liberation of Mr. Santos, and remarked to him that as the revolution is over, as reported by the constitutional authorities, the Government could be lenient with their political prisoners. His Excellency kindly replied that he was not acquainted with the progress of the trial, but has information that it is being carried on, as the time and laws of the country allow it, and that it was out of his power to liberate Mr. Santos.
In the mean time, as there has been no communication whatever with the northern ports, I have not been able to receive any news from Mr. Santos, nor from Mr. Goddard, consular agent, with reference to Mr. Santos’s case, nor any particulars regarding Mr. Santos’s incarceration, [Page 226] charges, treatment, &c., and as the Ecuadorian authorities persist in not acquainting me with these same particulars, I am as yet unable to give them to the Department as requested.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
United States Vice-Consul-General.