Ambassador Thompson to the Secretary of State.
Mexico, January 16, 1907.
Sir: As a complement of my dispatch No. 374, dated December 26 last,a relative to the release of the American fishing vessels Silas Stearns, Lizzie B. Adams, and D. L. Trafton, I inclose herewith copies and translations of notes from the foreign office and copies of my replies thereto relative to the last proceedings had in the district courts for the States of Yucatan and Veracruz concerning the delivery of said vessels to the person authorized by the companies to receive them.
I also inclose copies and translations of a note from the foreign office and of its annexed interrogatories, prepared by the district court of Yucatan, proposed to be put to the masters of the vessels above referred to by such judicial authorities of the United States as the department may direct. In this connection I have informed [Page 1105] the foreign office that said interrogatories would be transmitted, so soon as translated into the English language, to the department, with the request that they be returned to the embassy when properly executed by the deponents.
As stated in my previous dispatch, the release of the vessels is practically the end of the suit, but before the records of the same can be closed by a definitive decision the above interrogatories should be, after proper execution, in possession of the district court of Yucatan.
I have, etc.,