No. 424.
Mr. Manning to Mr. Bayard.

No. 34.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your No. 23, of 2d instant, relative to the loss of certain Government property by troops of the United States, in January last, while engaged in the pursuit of hostile Chiricahua Indians in Mexican territory, and to inclose copy of a note I addressed to Mr. Mariscal, under your instructions, setting forth the case, and asking that the property be returned, or that $2,000, its value and the damages resulting from its loss, be paid to the Government of the United States.

I am, etc.,

Th. C. Manning.
[Inclosure in No. 34]

Mr. Manning to Mr. Mariscal.

Sir: Under instructions from my Government I have the honor to invite your excellency’s attention to a loss of certain Federal property by troops of the United States while engaged in the pursuit of hostile Chiricahua Indians in Mexican territory. It appears that on 12th of January last, while encamped in Sonora, Mexico, Lieutenant Maus, of the First United States Infantry, then commanding the expedition from the United States against the hostile Indians, was called away from his camp by the cries of his interpreter, who had gone after some stock which had previously been captured by the American troops from the hostile Chiricahuas. On approaching the place whence the cries proceeded, which was at some distance from the camp, Lieiftenant Maus discovered his interpreter in the company of a party of Mexican troops, about fifty in number, who, at first professing’ to be friendly, presently began to demand of Lieutenant Maus a portion of the stock belonging to the United States and in the custody of his command, and upon his refusing to comply assumed a threatening manner. He offered some of the captured stock, but they would not accept it, demanding mules instead. While this parley was in progress the detention of Lieutenant Maus became known to his scouts and produced great excitement among them. Momentarily apprehensive lest a fight might begin, Lieutenant Maus, acting for the public good, delivered into the hands of the Mexican troops six mules, four aparejos complete, six halters and straps, six blankets, two saddles, two bridles, and two mantas, for all of which he took a receipt from the commander of the Mexican forces.

I am directed to ask that your excellency’s Government will return the above-mentioned property to the Government of the United States or make compensation therefor, together with reasonable indemnification for the loss suffered by the United States in being deprived of the use of the property in question since the time of its delivery to the Mexican troops. The value of this property is estimated at’$l,500, and the damage resulting from its loss at $500, or $2,000 United States currency.

While expressing the hope that your excellency’s Government will appreciate the justice of this claim, and that the property in question will be returned, or $2,000, its value and damages, be transmitted to the United States Government, I beg to renew, etc.,

Th. C. Manning.