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Page 1366


                              PERU.
                              No. 921.
                      Mr. Buck to Mr. Bayard.
                               [Extract.]
 No. 376.1               LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                    Lima, Peru, May 24, 1888. (Received June 18.)
   SIR: I herewith inclose copies of papers relative to the outrages per-
 petrated against Mr. V. H. Mac Cord, at Arequipa, in June, 1885. They
 consist of a letter from Mr. Richard Gibbs, the United States minister
 to Bolivia, dated July 17, 1885; a letter from Mr. Mac Cord to me, dated
 July 24, 1885 ; and Mr. Mac Cord's protest, made before the British vice-
 consul at Arequipa June 16, 1885. Notwithstauding the dates, these
 papers have only been presented to me within the last few days.
   In connection, however, I refer Department to my No. 48, of October
 30, 1885 (see also Department's reply in its No. 41, of December 8, 1885);
 thus will appear explained why this matter has not been before officially
 presented. The reasons at that time existing have continued until a
 recent date; when the action of the Peruvian Government in seizing
 the railroads which Mr. Thorndike held, and of which Mr. Mac Cord
 was his general manager, relieved these gentlemen from the restraint
 of conflicting interest and prudence which hitherto had induced them
 to avoid an issue on the subject with the Government of Peru.
   Mr. Mac Cord is at present consular agent of the United States at
 Mollendo, latterly commissioned November 12, 1886. (See Department's
 Register, page 31.)
   Mr. Mac Cord states in a letter to me of May 14, 18887 that he was at
 the time of the outrage, viz, May 12, 1885, consular agent, under ap-
 pointment dated February 10, 1883, made by Mr. Partridge, then
 United States minister to Peru, and was recognized as such at Arequipa
 February 20, 1883; and he incloses the certificate of his said appoint-
 ment with his recognition, signed "Valcaircel," under the stamp
of the
 minister of foreign relations, Peru. Of this I presume Department has
-its own record.
   From Mr. Gibbs' letter it seems Mr. Mac Cord had previously ten.
 dered his resignation as consular agent, though my understanding is,
 at the time of the events complained of he had not been advised of its
 acceptance.
       I am, etc.,
                                                CHAS. W. BUCK.
      1366


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