File No. 312.93/141

The Secretary of State to the Chinese Minister

My Dear Mr. Minister: I beg to inform you that the American Consul at Chihuahua, Mexico, telegraphed, on February 28, that certain soldiers of the de facto Government of Mexico, commanded by General Luis Gutierréz, on the night of February 25 attacked [Page 796] the hotel at Jimenez, State of Chihuahua, Mexico, belonging to Charley Chee, a Chinese subject, robbed and imprisoned his guests, including an American citizen, and executed Mr. Chee on the following morning. On March 3, I instructed the Department’s representative near General Carranza to request the appropriate authorities to take steps to punish those guilty of the outrages mentioned.

I am just in receipt of another telegram from the Consul at Chihuahua, dated March 7, 1 p.m., which is herewith quoted, for your information:

Chinese relations and friends of Chee, referred to in my telegram February 28, 1 p.m., request that Chinese Minister to Mexico be advised about the case and requested to send a representative to investigate and to protect rights of the heirs to property.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing