Mr. Bomero to Mr. Bayard.
April 11, 1887.
(Received April 11.)
Mr. secretary: Referring to my notes of the
26th March last ahd of the 5th instant, and to your reply of the 8th
instant, relative to the occurrence at the ranch of Don Fernando Ortiz,
a Mexican citizen and director of the revenue of stamps and mails at San
Fernando, near Sasabe, I have the honor to inclose to you, for the
purpose mentioned in my two aforesaid notes, a copy of a statement which
Ortiz addressed to the governor of the State of Sonora on the 2d
instant, from which it appears that on the 30th of last March he was
arrested by the marshal of Tucson, and that on the 1st of the present
month he was made to appear before the court, which postponed his case
to the 11th instant, exacting a bail of $1,000 to enable him to remain
Be pleased, etc.,
Ortiz to the Governor of
I have the honor to communicate to you that on the 30th of March last
I was arrested at my ranch of San Fernando, Mexican Territory, by
the marshal of this city on account of having been accused before
the court with having opposed the measurement of said ranch. I have
full assurance of my perfect right in regard to the fault of which I
am accused, I possessing my land within the territory of Mexico by
legal title from the Supreme Government.
On the first day of this month I was made to appear before the court,
and I applied to the vice-consul, begging him to accompany me and to
do what he could in my behalf, but I did not succeed in this, and I
appeared with my attorney. The court postponed my case until the
11th instant, and a bail of $1,000 was exacted from mo in order that
I might retain my liberty and appear on the day mentioned.
I return to-day to my ranch, and I bring this statement to your
superior knowledge, requesting very respectfully the support of the
laws (autoridades) that my country may grant
me in the defense of my rights as a Mexican citizen.
I assure you, etc.,