to Mr. Davis.
Quito , January 31, 1885. (Received February 25.)
Sir: The first information that I had of the arrest and imprisonment of Julio Romano Santos by the Ecuadorian authorities was received on the 6th instant from the United States vice-consul at Guayaquil. The next day I wrote to President Caamaño at Guayaquil, from which place he is directing national affairs, a note, a copy of which is given in inclosure No. 1.
On the 27th instant I received Department of State dispatch No. 9, dated December 29, 1884. The next day I addressed a note to the minister of foreign relations, a copy of which is given in inclosure No. 2.
Also, on the 28th, I addressed a letter to Mr. Santos, in care of the United States vice-consul at Guayaquil, a copy of which is given in inclosure No. 3.
On the 29th I received a reply to my note to the minister of foreign relations, a copy of which is given in inclosure No. 4. From this very courteous and friendly dispatch it appears that the Ecuadorian authorities make the following points against Mr. Santos: That he has lost his United States citizenship, and that he has committed a “hated crime” against the laws of the country. The first claim is probably predicated on the treaty concluded May 6, 1872. This claim, however, the minister says would be waived but for the grave offense charged.
As soon as a statement has been received from Mr. Santos it will be forwarded to the Department of State. The ports of Bahia, Manta, and Esmeraldas have been closed (and are yet, so far as is known here), which causes delay in communication.
I am, respectfully, yours,