Mr. Butler to Mr. Olney.
Mexico , August 20, 1895 . (Received Aug. 28.)
Sir: On Thursday, the 15th, I received a visit from Señor Emilio de Leon, the Guatemalan minister here.
He advised me that Article II of the convention of April 1, 1895, between Mexico and Guatemala having provided for the appointment of an arbitrator to pass upon the claims of Mexican citizens, he had, after full conference with minister Mariscal, selected Mr. Matt. W. Ransom, United States minister in Mexico, as such arbitrator, a selection concurred in by Mr. Mariscal. Señor de Leon then requested me upon receipt of the note of invitation from his legation to forward same to Mr. Ransom.
This I have the pleasure to do, under cover of this dispatch inclosing the said note in English and Spanish text, in original, also copies of the same, for transmission through your kindness.
Although in the said note Mr. Mariscal appears to be a party to the appointment made, this legation had at the time of closing this dispatch received no note or advice whatever in the matter from Minister Mariscal.
I beg to confirm my telegram of last evening, to wit:
Guatemalan minister brought me this afternoon a communication from his legation designating United States Minister Ransom arbitrator on claims under the convention of April 1, Mexico-Guatemala, but no communication nor intimation has come from Mexican minister for foreign affairs, though a party to the agreement.
I am, etc.,