to Mr. Bayard
Bogota , September 11, 1887. (Received October 14.)
Sir: On the 7th instant I had the honor to send you a telegram to the effect that a great many arrests had taken place in consequence of an attempted revolution.
This movement has been headed by the leaders of the Liberal party, and the Government has successfully captured most of those concerned in the plot. Amongst them are gentlemen who have held some of the highest places in the Government of this country, such as ex-President Parra and Señor Don Carlos Martin, for some time Colombian minister at Washington.
They all will be sent out of the country.
The present constitution of Colombia authorizes the executive to expel or imprison, without trial, any person charged with conspiring to overthrow or to injure the Government in any way.
I have, etc.,