No. 606.
Mr. Merrill to Mr. Bayard.

No. 148.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose the report of the inspector-general of immigration, lately published in the daily papers of Honolulu.

The inspector-general has visited all the sugar-producing plantations of this kingdom employing immigrant laborers and has embodied in his report the number and nationality of the employés; also their sanitary condition and the preference of each plantation manager for laborers of the several nationalities.

It will be observed that the total number of immigrant laborers employed on the several plantations is 13,517, while of the 59 plantations visited 23 prefer the Japanese and the remaining 36 are about equally divided in a preference for Portuguese and Chinese.

My observation coincides with the statement in the report that “the general impression is there are enough Chinese in the country.”

I have, etc.,

Geo. W. Merrill.