No. 499.
Mr. Romero to Mr. Bayard.


Mr. Secretary: I have had the honor to receive your note of today, in which, acknowledging that from this legation of the 8th instant concerning the case of Marcus B. Mayer, alias Charles Bourton, accused of fraudulently obtaining money in the City of Mexico by means of the sale of counterfeit tickets for the concerts of Madam Adelina Patti, you were pleased to inform me that it was not in the power of your Department either to advise or instruct the police authorities in the places at which it seemed likely that Bourton would cross from Mexico into the United States, and that the only method of obtaining his arrest, in the absence of a special provision prescribed by treaty, was contained in section 5270, Revised Statutes of the United States.

I am convinced that the Department of State has no power to intervene in this matter, conformably with the laws of this country, and consequently I withdraw the requests I made of you in my notes of the 4th and 8th instant concerning this affair.

I have instructed the Mexican consuls at the points mentioned in the second of my notes above referred to to supply the place of, the case arising and in so far as they may be able, the intervention of your Department requested in my two notes.

Be pleased, etc.,

M. Romero.