Mr. Yang Yü to Mr. Gresham.
Washington, D. C., September 7, 1893. (Received Sept. 7.)
Sir: I have the honor of inviting your attention to the contents of the telegrams received on the 5th istant from Mr. Li Yung Yew, Chinese consul-general at San Francisco, and also from the Chinese Board of Trade at Los Angeles, Cal., which are inclosed. From the information imparted in these dispatches and from advices from other sources, it is evident that an effort has been inaugurated to enforce the sixth section of the Geary law, by the systematical arrest of large numbers of Chinese residents, who were entitled to the benefits of registration under the said law. His Imperial Majesty has been led to believe that no arrests and orders of deportation of Chinese residents of this class would be made until after the Congress of the United States should further legislate upon this subject, so that an opportunity to repeal, modify, or enforce the law might be afforded that honorable body. Has this policy of the Government of the United States been abandoned! I sincerely hope it has not.
I would also respectfully say that the Chinese residents are greatly alarmed at the present attitude of the people toward them in California, and no doubt have good reason to anticipate violence to their persons and property as a result of the present excitement, which is entirely unprovoked on the part of the Chinese people. I have the honor to request that you take cognizance of these matters yourself, and also, that through your courtesy His Excellency, the President of the United States may be informed of the same.
Accept, sir, etc.,