No. 496.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Romero.

Sir: Referring to your note of the 4th instant, stating that a German, named M. E. Mayer, who has been guilty of a swindling operation in the City of Mexico, having fraudulently obtained upwards of $20,000 by representing himself to be the agent of Mr. Abbey for the sale of season tickets for an operatic performance by the company of Madame Adelina Patti, is believed to have fled to the United States, and requesting this Department to cause orders to be issued for Mayer’s arrest, so that the ends of justice may not be defeated by his escape, I have the honor to inform you that, in the opinion of the Department, the provisions of section 5270 of the Revised Statutes of the United States are sufficient for the purpose of obtaining the fugitive’s arrest, and that the Department is not authorized to take any action in the present stage of the case. It may not, however, be improper to observe that there is no specification in your note of any of the extraditable offenses enumerated in the treaty of December 11, 1861, which regulates the subject of extradition between the United States and Mexico.

Accept, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.