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Mr. Squiers to Mr. Hay.

No. 28.]

Sir: I have the honor to confirm the Department’s telegram of the 13th instant, and my reply on the 16th instant (see also dispatch No. 25, dated June 16, 1902), regarding the application of the Chinese exclusion regulations to Chinese immigrants who had undertaken the voyage prior to the promulgation of the law.

Mr. Palma himself took an active interest in the matter, as indicated in my dispatch No. 25 of the 16th instant, but, I regret to say, finally decided he could not accept the suggestion of the Department.

I have the honor, etc.,

H. G. Squiers.
[Inclosure 1.]

Mr. Squiers to Mr. Zaldo.

No. 8.]

Your Excellency: Acting under telegraphic instructions from my Government regarding detention on account of violation of the Chinese immigration law of a certain Ward Line steamer having on board Chinese immigrants, I have the honor to suggest to your excellency that it would be reasonable not to consider exclusion provision in force against vessels arriving upon voyages begun before promulgation of the law.

As the detention of these immigrants is entailing some considerable expense, I would be pleased to have an early reply.

I avail, etc.,

H. G. Squiers.
[Inclosure 2.—Translation.]

Mr. de Zaldo to Mr. Squiers.

No. 19.]

Mr. Minister: The President, to whom I have communicated your attentive note, No. 8, of the 14th instant, instructs me to say to your excellency that it would be [Page 354]exceedingly pleasant to him to accede to your request with regard to the Chinese immigrants who may have undertaken the voyage before the promulgation of the immigration law of the 15th of May of this year, but the text of the law being so definite it is not possible for him to give any such instructions as your excellency indicates, as in doing so it would be tantamount to an infraction of the said law.

I avail, etc.,

Carlos de Zaldo.