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Small archive relating to the murder of an American citizen at a Mormon Colony in Chihuahua, Mexico
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and Roswell, New Mexico, 1933. Unbound. Very good. This collection of four letters and documents detailing the murder of Thomas Frank Nations includes the official American Foreign Service "Report of the Death of an American Citizen" (2 pages), an American Consular Service letter with envelope sent to Nations's sister (1 page), a letter from the Law Offices of Hurd & Crile to Nations's sister (1 page), and an American Consular Service letter to Hurd & Crile (3 pages). All are in nice shape; the envelope has been roughly opened along the right edge. Nations was an American expatirate who owned a ranch near Colonia Pacheco, Chihuahua, Mexico. In 1885, John Taylor, the third President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, purchased over 100,000 acres in Mexico where fifteen Mormon colonies were established as safe havens for polygamous families fleeing persecution in the United States. With time, most flourished, however they were almost entirely abandoned during the Mexican Revolution of 1912. Later, far fewer than half the families and almost none of the prosperity returned. Nations was found dead in his bed on the morning of 18 April 1933 by his ranching partner, Mr. Esaias Haynie: "Mr. Nations was shot through the right side and was clubbed on the head. . . he was shot with a .44 Calibre revolver and apparently murdered while he was asleep by the assassin who shot from a removed board on the house." Another American citizen, Mr. John Fowler, from a different Mormon settlement, Colonia Dublan, reported that he, Haynie and Nations "caught some Mexicans rustling cattle and that he believes that these men were probably responsible. . . ." The archive also addresses efforts the Mexican authorities were making "to apprehend the murderer" as well as information regarding internment, disposition of property, inheritance tax, etc.
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