File No. 1012/5.

Minister Combs to the Secretary of State.

No. 516.]

Sir: I have the honor to report that the Chinese Mingmon Sing Sang recently complained to me that a clerk in his employ having had a dispute with a native woman over the sale of a shawl a policeman entered his shop and arrested the employee, beating him over the shoulders with his club.

I made representations to the chief of police, informally, concerning the occurrence, and the latter, having already made an investigation and being convinced of the correctness of the Chinaman’s account, offered to have the policeman punished and dismissed from the force for punishment and example.

This was satisfactory to the Chinese concerned, and I acquiesced.

I have, etc.,

Leslie Combs.