Mr. Sepulveda to Mr. Sherman.
Mexico , April 23, 1897 . (Received April 29.)
Sir: Referring to Department’s No. 356, of the 10th instant, relative to the imprisonment of the American citizen, R. H. Doane, in Monclova, Mexico, I have the honor to state that in obedience to your instructions I addressed a note to the foreign office here, calling its attention to the failure of the judge to reply to the perfectly proper inquiry made of him by the consul for information in the case.
Replying to my note Mr. Mariscal states that he would obtain from the governor of the State of Coahuila a report as to the status of the case of Doane, and would inform this legation of the result.
Mr. Mariscal, it will be observed, adds that the mere fact that the judge did not give any answer to the consul’s inquiry does not justify any complaint against the official conduct of the judge, because Mexican judges are not compelled to give foreign consuls any information, nor have the latter the right to ask it, pursuant to Mexican consular law.
On receipt of further information about the Doane case I will report to the Department.
With high regards, etc.