Mr. Baker to Mr. Gresham.

No. 490.]

Sir: I have the honor to report the death of Catarino E. Garza, the notorious Mexican revolutionist and outlaw, who for a long time operated on the northern border of Mexico along the Rio Grande.1

Garza has for some time past been residing in Costa Rica, but recently left Limon for San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua. At that place he gathered around him some thirty men, chiefly Colombian exiles, and secured money and a quantity of small arms. A small sailing craft was chartered and the party embarked on the 2d instant, landing the following day at Cahuita, Costa Rica, 35 miles south of Port Limon. Here he took quarters with an American named Reynolds and awaited the expected arrival of the Colombian exiles from the interior. In this, however, he was disappointed, as this Government immediately stopped communication with Port Cahuita and dispatched a body of soldiers by land to capture the revolutionists, the minister of war himself going as far as Limon. On the 8th instant Garza received warning of the approach of Costa Rican troops, and with 60 followers embarked in two small crafts for Bocas del Toro, Colombia. Upon arriving at that point the party at once attacked the barracks, but were defeated; Garza and eleven followers, including Dr. Pereira Castro, second in command, and a General Mareira, were killed, the remainder of the party being taken prisoners by the Colombian authorities.

I have, etc.,

Lewis Baker.