to Mr. Beach.
Washington, February 28, 1885.
Sir: Referring to your dispatch No. 23 in relation to the imprisonment of Mr. J. R. Santos at Manta, I have to inform you that Congress has requested the President to use his efforts to secure a speedy and fair trial and to protect the life and property of the prisoner. The Department has replied that the recourse of rebutting evidence of his intention of not returning to the United States, &c., is still open to Mr. Santos, and his right thereto will be insisted upon.
You will demand and make every endeavor to secure for Mr. Santos the right of the treaty, especially in the matter of rebutting evidence to show that he retained by intention and act his acquired United States citizenship.
I am, &c.,
Second Assistant Secretary.