Mr. Yang Yü to Mr. Gresham.
Washington, April 11, 1894. (Received April 11.)
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that communications have been received from the consul-general at San Francisco to the effect that he has received a petition from the Chinese residents of El Paso and San Antonio, Tex., stating that the registration officers in those districts refuse to admit Chinese testimony in behalf of Chinese applicants for registration, thereby rendering it difficult to obtain certificates; that there are persons of questionable character, it is alleged, who acting in collusion with certain registration clerks demand a payment of $7 for each certificate issued. Information has also been received that attempts are made by unprincipled men to extort money from the Chinese and to otherwise put obstacles in the way of registration. The places referred to are mentioned in the original dispatch inclosed herewith.
It is learned that of the 70,000 Chinese residing in the State of California, only 24,000 or more have been registered and much anxiety is felt that the work of registration will not be completed within the short period remaining and that trouble may arise on that account.
I have the honor therefore to request that the matter be communicated to the Secretary of the Treasury and that he may be requested to remove, as far as possible, all such obstacles to the progress of registration.