Mr. Yang Yü to Mr. Gresham.

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.,

Yang Yu.
[Inclosure l.]

Chinese Board of Trade to Chinese minister.


Sir: Proceeding being taken to deport certain Chinese from United States, one man connected with mercantile house in Los Angeles, who leased land and hired laborers to perform the work, he dealing vegetables in conjunction with other partners in store, ordered deported this morning. Name is Chun Sang Yuen. Can any action be taken for our protection? Answer.

Chinese Board of Trade.
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[Inclosure 2.]

Mr. Li Yung Yew to Mr. Yang Yü.


The following telegram has just been received:

Twenty and more Chinese arrested to-day for not complying with the Geary act, and hundred others will follow. Notify the consul-general and the minister at Washington for our protection at once. Signed Chinese Board of Trade, by Quong Sang.

Please wire us what you have done in the matter, in order that we may inform our people here and Los Angeles.

Li Yung Yew,
Chinese Consul-General.
[Inclosure 3.]

Mr. Lung Yew to Mr. Yang Yü.


The district judge, southern district of California, this morning ordered deportation of a Chinaman who had failed to register as required by the Geary act. The district attorney handed the judge a telegram from the Attorney-General, stating that there were no funds to deport Chinamen who were arrested for failure to register. The judge held that the appropriation made by Congress was for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of the entire act, and that there is no authority for the segregation of the appropriation to certain portions, but that the whole must be used for all purposes until exhausted, and that he had no judicial knowledge of the latter. One hundred and fifty more warrants will be applied for in Los Angeles to-morrow, and warrants will also be applied for in this city. We respectfully ask you to call the attention of the Secretary of State to this matter immediately. The only redress is to be had either through the Executive Departments of the Government or through Congress. The authority of the bill has stated that the intention of the bill was not to deport our people from the country. This being true, the Executive Department ought to be able to prevail upon Congress to give some relief. The Chinese act upon legal advices and the decision of the Supreme Court, which was a live to three decision, shows that the advice was given in good faith. The advice that the law was unconstitutional was given by Choate and Carter, of New York, and Ash ton, of Washington. Some relief must be had immediately, or our people will be shipped out of the country and great loss of property will result.

Li Lung Yew,