The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 24, July 1920 - April, 1921 Page: 153
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The Hayes Administration and Mexico 153
istration were entirely friendly and sincere in their dealings with
Mexico. There appears nothing in all the documents having to
do with foreign relations, military affairs, commerce or any phase
whatever of the home or foreign policy that would justify the as-
sertions of Bancroft that "Foster would have fomented hostilities,-
and that even President Hayes was not averse to such a course.'50
In his message of 1879 Hayes stated that "through the judicious
and energetic action of the military commanders of the two na-
tioiis on each side of the Rio Grande, under instructions of their
respective governments, raids and depredations have greatly de-
creased."'' He added that the third installment of the Claims
award had been duly paid, and that the "satisfactory" situation led
him to anticipate an expansion of our trade with Mexico and co-op-
eration in developing the resources of that country. Again in 1880,
in his last message to Congress, he paid tribute to the efficiency of
the co-operative border patrol, relating how a band of outlaws,
under the command of Chief Victorio, had disturbed the peace of
the border with a "savage foray," but that by the combined and
harmonious action of the military forces the band had been broken
up and substantially destroyed.5" By that time several important
railway building enterprises were on foot, and much United States
capital was invested south of the Rio Grande. A strong chain of
forts and garrisons had been forged along the Texas frontier and
there was some improvement in the main highways. So far as
can be gathered from the records there was no activity on the part
of the United States Navy along the coast of Texas or Mexico, and
but little attention was paid to the upbuilding of a Gulf fleet.
0H. H. Bancroft, History of Memico, II, 446.
"Mess. and Doos., 1878-1880, p. 14.
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