Mr. Ryan to Mr. Blaine.
Mexico, August 8, 1889. (Received August 17.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 30, of 30th ultimo, relating to the case of R. C. Work, imprisoned, tried, and convicted in the State of Tamaulipas, from which judgment an appeal is pending, my attention was drawn to the publication of a letter by one A. W. Gifford, of St. Louis, Missouri (I beg to refer here to my No. 27, of 27th ultimo), who, I understand, was president of the Linares Land and Milling Company, of which Mr. Work was superintendent.
With a view to obtaining all the information possible relating to the subject of the offense of Mr. Work, I addressed a communication to Mr. Gilford (see inclosure No. 1) requesting him to furnish this legation with any facts relating to the matter. Mr. Gilford has kindly responded to my request, and I transmit, for the information of the Department, copy of his reply, of date July 29, 1889.
I am, etc.,
- For article, see Mr. Ryan’s, No. 27 of July 27, 1889, supra, p. 564.↩
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- Article 18, Federal constitution, reads: “Imprisonment shall only take place for crimes which merit corporal punishment. In any state of the process wherein it shall appear that such punishment may not be inflicted upon the accused he shall be set at liberty under bail. In no event may said imprisonment or detention be prolonged to secure payment of fees or any other money consideration.”↩