No. 259.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Chang Yen Hoon.

Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith for your information in connection with my note to you of February 23, 1888, relative to the murder of certain Chinese subjects on Snake River, Oregon, a copy of a letter from the governor of the Territory of Idaho, dated the 3d instant, upon the subject. It will be observed that, despite the excellent disposition of Governor Stevenson, the very limited knowledge of the facts so far as disclosed makes investigation difficult, if indeed it does not tend to defeat the ends of justice.

Accept, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.

Governor Stevenson to Mr. Bayard.

Sir: In reply to your letter of February 24, inclosing correspondence from the minister of China relating to the murder of ten Chinamen on Snake River.

I have deferred answering, hoping that I might be able to give some information as to who were the parties that committed this terrible and brutal murder, but up to this date have been unable to obtain any important facts. I have referred the matter to the officers of the law and will see that every effort shall be made to find out the guilty parties and bring them to punishment.

The place where the Chinamen were working was about 120 miles above Lewiston, in the State of Oregon. Only one body was found in Idaho and he had floated down the river and lodged on the Idaho side of Snake River, at Lime Kiln. The body found at Penewana bar, 40 miles below Lewiston, and the one at Log Cabin Bar, 30 miles below Lewiston, were both in Washington Territory.

Any information I shall be able to obtain will be forwarded to you at once.

I have, etc.,

E. A. Stevenson.