File No. 837.5/22.
The Secretary of State to Minister Gonzales.
Washington , January 20, 1915 .
Chinese Minister reports that President of Cuba has suspended until now Act of Congress of May, 1913, imposing five hundred dollars head tax on Chinese immigrants, hut that Cuban Government has now rescinded suspending order and Act now becomes effective. We are informed that the tax will prohibit Chinese immigration and we are asked to use our good offices to secure relaxation of the measure.
Please make inquiry and report situation and whether it is possible to secure any modification in favor of Chinese.