Mr. Romero to Mr. Gresham.

[Translation.]

Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to inform you that I have received instructions from the Government of Mexico to request that of the United States to issue anew such instructions as it may deem proper in [Page 394]regard to the release of the Mexican citizen Antonio H. Vela and the observance of the status quo with respect to the bank in the River Bravo, which bears the name of “Banco Cuauhtemoc” or “Banco Vela” as I requested in advance, pending the decision of both Governments, in conformity with the provisions of the convention in force in regard to the nationality of that territory.

The Mexican consul at Brownsville, Tex., informs the secretary of foreign relations of the Mexican United States, under date of the 12th instant, that Vela has been summoned by the Federal court in that place, and that he has been arrested and taken to jail.

The judge of the Federal court, moreover, informed the Mexican consul that he had no knowledge whatever that your Department had taken any measure respecting that matter.

Accept, etc.,

M. Romero.