File No. 312.93/105.

Consul Alger to the Secretary of State.

No. 592.]

Sir: I have the honor to state that the situation here of the Chinese colony (some 700 in number) is becoming more serious every day. An attempt is being made to segregate them on the outskirts of the city.

The newspapers daily contain inflammatory articles against the Chinese, and every attempt is being made to excite feeling against them; at any moment their stores are liable to be sacked and their lives imperiled.

I see but one method to be adopted—that is that either this consulate or Admiral Howard be instructed to make it known to the authorities here that the Chinese colony is under the protection of the United States Government, and that their lives and properties must have the guaranties to which all law-abiding people are entitled; this in order to be of value should be done without any delay, as the situation is rapidly becoming worse.

I have [etc.]

Wm. E. Alger.