Mr. Romero to Mr.
Legation of Mexico,
. (Received March 9.)
Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to inclose
herewith a copy of a note from Mr. Mariscal, dated City of Mexico,
February 27, last, which removes the doubt left by his previous note as
to the currency in which the indemnity to Mrs. Baldwin is offered.
Be pleased to accept, etc.,
Mr. Mariscal to
Department of Foreign Affairs,
February 27, 1894
I have taken note of the contents of your note No. 791, of the 17th
instant, with the accompanying copy of your note to Mr. Gresham,
relative to the offer of $20,000 on account of the claim of the
widow of Baldwin.
In reply I have to say that this amount is in silver, that being the
legal currency of Mexico, and that if it were in gold the amount
would [Page 420] be more than
doubled, according to the present rate of exchange, which payment it
was not his intention to propose, there being no reason whatever for
imposing this extraordinary burden in a matter of mere favor and
I renew, etc.,