Mr. Squiers to Mr. Hay.
Habana, Cuba, June 18, 1902.
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.,