Mr. Hay to Mr. Mc Creery.
Washington, April 18, 1901.
Sir: I inclose herewith for your information a copy of a petition from the Chamber of Commerce of El Paso, Tex., praying that this Government take such measures as may be deemed proper and effective to secure to American citizens arrested and imprisoned in Mexico on the charge of criminal negligence in causing railway wrecks the protection of their personal and civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
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The matter of these arrests of American citizens should have your consideration, and may be the occasion of friendly conversation with Señor Mariscal, with the view to ameliorating the condition which appears to exist, and especially to securing the prompt disposition of the cases as they arise, and the speedy release of any railway employee not liable, on ample probable cause, to be held on a criminal charge; and, even in the latter case, the proceedings should be expedited in every possible way and with the fullest opportunity for defense.
A full report from you on the subject will have the Department’s attentive consideration.
I am, etc.,