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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 3, 1901
(1901)

Mexico,   pp. 407-415 PDF (790.4 KB)


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MEXICO. 
IMPRISONMENT OP AMERICAN CITIZENS, RAILWAY EMPLOYEES, 
IN MEXICO. 
3fr. hay to A&. ~Mc Ureery. 
No. 509.] DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
    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. 
 * * * * * * * 
 The matter of these arrests of American citizens should have your cons~ideration,
and may be the occasion of friendly conversation with SeƱor 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., JOHN HAY. 
[Inclosure.] 
Chamber of Commerce of El Paso, Tex., to Mr. Hay. 
EL PASO, TEX., April 11, 1901. 
 SIR: I have the honor to transmit the following resolutions adopted unanimously
by the board of directors of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce April 10, 1901:
 Whereas it is a common method of judicial procedure in Mexico, in cases
of accident involving fatal or serious injury to Mexican citizens in connection
with the running of railway trains, to immediately arrest and imprison American
citizensemployed as conductors or engineers or in other responsible positions
on such railways; and 
 Whereas American citizens thus arrested are in many cases held in prison
for days, weeks, or months without reasonable and sufficient opportunity
to communicate with friends, or to take other measures for securing fair
and speedy judicial investigation of the charges preferred against them;
and 
 Whereas such procedure is a substantial denial of the right of American
citizens to protection in the lines of employment in which they have been
permitted, and even encouraged, by the Government of Mexico to engage: Therefore
be it 
Resolved, That the El Paso Chamber of Commerce respectfully petitions the
United States Government to take such measures as may be deemed proper and
effective to secure to American citizens under such circumstances as above
set forth the protec407 


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