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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 7, 1903
(1903)

Mexico,   pp. 645-685 PDF (15.4 MB)


Page 645

 a See Foreign Relations, 1901, p. 408. 645MEXICO. 
IMPRISONMENT OF AMERICAN CITIZENS, RAILWAY EMPLOYEES, 
IN MEXICO. 
31r. Hay to Jiir. Olayton. 
No. 839.]  DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
 TV~s/thegton, February 9, 1903. 
 SIR: Referring to your No. 998 a of June 27, 1901, reporting on the arrest
and imprisonment in Mexico of American citizens employed as train hands on
railways in that country, I have now to ask you to report any additional
cases that may have arisen since the date of that report, and the present
status of those heretofore reported. 
 I inclose herewith for your information copies of a letter and its inclosure
from the governor of Michigan, which, have occasioned this instruction. 
 I am, etc., JOHN HAY. 
[Inclosure.] 
Mr. Bliss to Mr. Hay. 
STATE or MICHIGAN, EXECUTIVE OFFICE, 
Lansing, January 30, 1903. 
 SIR: I am in receipt of the inclosed communication from the manager and
secretary of the Brotherhood Relief Committee, Kansas City, Mo. Will you
kindly inform me what is your understanding of the Condition recited therein?
Yours, respectfully, 
A. T. BLIss, Governor. 
[Subinclosure.] 
Mr. Adcms to Governor Bliss. 
BROTHERHOOD RELIEF COMMITTEE, 
Kansas City, MO., January 18, 1903. 
 HONORABLE SIR: The above heading represents the Brotherhood Relief Committee,
composed of a member from each of the four great railroad organizations.
 This committee has been organized for the purpose of bettering the condition
of our American citizens in Old Mexico. The conditions there have probably
been brought to your notice heretofore, but I will venture to say that less
indorsement and less backing in numbers, than ~ubmitted for your inspection
at the present time. We represent the working class of people in actual figures
of 600,000 men. The condition of our fellow-workmen in the Mexican Republic
as brought to the notice of this committee is disgraceful and pitiable to
say the least, and this committee has been formed in order that those unfortunates
may receive help, and that some kind of adjustment and agreement may be reached
with the (lovermnent of Old Mexico, so that in the future our American trainmen
will not be discriminated against and held unjustly without trial. 


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