Mr. Romero to Mr. Gresham.
Washington, January 19, 1894. (Received January 19.)
Mr. Secretary: To-day I had the honor to receive by mail your note of the 17th instant, with which you send me a certified copy of the decree (resolution) approved by the Congress of the United States and sanctioned by the President on the 15th instant, which authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to permit owners of cattle and horses in the United States to pass over into Mexico for the purpose of pasturing and to reimport them into the United States free of duties within twelve months from the date of the resolution, at the same time requesting me to communicate it by telegraph, or in some other manner, to my Government, to the end of obtaining its concurrence in order that those interested in this matter may enjoy the benefits which the resolution affords them.
In conformity with your wishes I to-day send by telegraph to the Mexican Government the recommendation which you make to me, and in due season I will communicate such reply as I receive.
Notwithstanding that, as I stated in our interview of the 13th instant, to which you refer in the note to which I reply, I did not regard the resolution in question as embracing any real reciprocity in favor of the Mexican stock raisers, I hope that the Government of Mexico, in order to aid the stock raisers of Texas as far as possible in their present difficult situation, will do whatever is within its competence to contribute to the accomplishment of the intentions of the Congress of the United States.
Be pleased to accept, etc.,