File No. 811.0144.

The Secretary of State to Chargé O’Shaughnessy.


Consul, Nuevo Laredo, and several citizens of Laredo, Texas, report to Department that at nine o’clock last night Samuel Cantú, Mexican citizen, was kidnapped on American side of international [Page 901]bridge between above two places, dragged across boundary and thrown into prison and it is said that he is to be shot to-day.

Say to appropriate authorities that, if facts are as stated, United States Government demands immediate release of Cantu and his return to American side of border.

W. J. Bryan