Mr. Gresham to Mr. Yang Yü.
Washington, April 14, 1894.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 11th instant, reporting the difficulties that beset Chinese subjects in certain quarters in obtaining certificates of registration. I at once brought a copy of your note to the attention of the Secretary of the Treasury with a request that the same be given prompt consideration, and inclose for your information a copy of Mr. Carlisle’s reply of the 13th instant, from which it will be observed that his Department is making extraordinary efforts to secure, within the time fixed by law, the registration of all Chinese laborers who are entitled to registration, and that he has no reason, to believe that any considerable number will fail to procure certificates on account of the want of time.
In the matter of the charge that persons of questionable character are acting in collusion with certain registering clerks and demanding payment of a fee of $7 for each certificate, I may add that the Treasury Department has no information tending to warrant the belief that any of its officers are engaged in such unlawful practices. The charges will, however, be fully investigated, and should it be found that registering officers have been guilty of any wrong doing in this relation, the promise is made that they will be summarily dealt with and promptly dismissed from the service.