Mr. Manning to Mr. Bayard.
Mexico , February 28, 1887. (Received March 31.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 34, of December 11 last, with inclosures, relative to the loss of certain Government property by troops of the United States in January, 1886, will engaged in the pursuit of hostile Chiricahua Indians in Mexican territory, I have the honor to inclose herewith copy and translation of Mr. Mariscal’s reply upon that subject.
You will perceive “that 5 mules, 4 sets of harness, 6 halters, 5 blankets, 2 saddles, 2 bridles, 2 cotton blankets, and 2 leading-ropes are at the disposal of the war department” (of Mexico).
Mr. Mariscal further says:
I beg to ask your excellency, to whom shall be delivered the 5 mules and the other property specified, as also the amount estimated by the United States Government to be the value of the mule and blanket lacking; with the understanding that the $500 demanded for damages sustained, as specified in the note to which I have the honor to reply, shall, without entering into a discussion as to the amount stated, be paid by the Government of Mexico to the person appointed therefor?
I am, etc.,