File No. 811.0144.

The Secretary of State to Chargé O’Shaughnessy.

[Telegram.]

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
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