No. 143.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Cheng Tsao Ju .

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note, of this date, in regard to an outrage stated to have been perpetrated upon Chinese subjects in Washington Territory, and to say that I have referred the case to the Secretary of the Interior, under whose authority the Territories are placed by law.

Accept, sir, &c.,

T. F. BAYARD.