Mr. Whitehouse to Mr. Blaine.
Mexico, November 15, 1889. (Received November 23.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose copies of telegrams reporting the arrest at Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, of Captain Stilpen, of the American schooner Robert Ruff.
The captain was arrested on his return voyage to that port, presumably for aiding the escape from justice of one Patton, an American citizen, [Page 612] who had on the previous voyage boarded the vessel when some distance from port.
As it is claimed that the persons who requested his surrender did so when the schooner was some 9 miles from land, it would appear that the captain would have been justified in considering himself as without the jurisdiction of Mexico even had a formal demand been made on him.
To-day I left a memorandum of the facts that have reached me with Mr. Mariscal, and have requested that they be carefully inquired into.
I have also telegraphed for full particulars of the case.
I am, etc.,