Mr. Young to Mr. Olney.
Guatemala and Honduras,
Guatemala , May 1, 1896 . (Received May 14.)
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 258 relating to the matter of the protection of the Chinese residents in this Republic by the diplomatic representative of the United States in Guatemala, and to inclose a note from the minister of foreign relations of Guatemala to the minister of China in Washington, which is said to contain the sanction of the Government of Guatemala to the request of the Chinese Government that the United States diplomatic representative in Guatemala may use his good offices in behalf of Chinese subjects in that Republic in case of need.
I have the honor to inform you that I have been exercising my good offices in behalf of Chinese residents of this Republic since the first communication I received from the Department more than a year ago, and they have always been recognized in a gracious and proper manner by the Government of Guatemala.
I am, etc.,