Mr. Hay to Señor Aspíroz.

No. 12.]

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 18th instant, requesting that Mattie Rich, who is charged in Mexico with the killing of her husband, John B. Rich, and who has since fled to the United States, be arrested and held in custody, pending the receipt from your Government of a formal demand for her extradition.

In reply I beg to inform you that when the forms of law applicable to the case shall have been complied with, your request will be given due consideration.

[Page 498]

The evidence in support of the request for the extradition of the accused should be presented to the extradition magistrate to whom application is made for the preliminary arrest, in pursuance of our law.

Accept, etc.,

John Hay.