The Chinese minister to the Secretary of State.

No. 50.]

Sir: Referring to the interview which I had with you in November last regarding the case of Ho Choy Yeen, a Chinese subject who was drowned at Canton, China, by certain American sailors from a United States war ship, I have the honor to inclose herewith a translation of a telegram from the Waiwu Pu on the subject and two extracts from English newspapers published in Shanghai giving an account of the incident for your consideration in conjunction with the report from the United States minister at Peking referred to in the said telegram, which report must have by this time reached your Department.

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Seeing that you are now in possession of all the facts tor judging the merits of the case, I take the liberty of calling your attention again to this matter. I hope you will soon be able to take such favorable action on the case as will satisfy the demands of justice.

Accept, etc.,

Chentung Liang-Cheng.

The Waiwu Pu to the Chinese Minister.


On the 17th day of the eighth moon (September 26), sailors from an American war ship, in the British concession at Shameen, Canton, seized a Chinese subject named Ho Choy Yeen and threw him into the water, with the result that he was drowned. The viceroy and the governor both sent officers to make an investigation with the American consul, and all the Chinese and foreign witnesses examined testified that the murderers were American sailors. An understanding with the American consul was reached on six points, which were in substance that the payment of an indemnity to the family of Ho Choy Yeen should be recommended by the consul in his report of the case to the American minister for communication to the United States Government, and that steps should be taken to find the murderers and punish them according to law. This board has already made representations to the American minister on the subject. The minister states in his reply that he will at once report the case to his government, adding at the saime time that his government will have to examine first the evidence and, in case it is not sufficient to establish the fact that the murderers are American sailors, will refuse to pay any indemnity.

Now, the testimony of witnesses in this case is clear and conclusive. The American consul has recognized the claim. If objections are urged, it will be difficult to allay popular excitement. You will represent to the Secretary of State the importance of settling the difficulty in line with the original understanding, in order to show some regard for the value of human life.

Waiwu Pu.