File No. 894.4054/17

The Secretary of State to the Secretary of Labor

Sir: Referring to previous correspondence relative to evidence of marriage to be submitted by so-called “picture brides” coming to the United States, I have the honor to enclose herewith for your information and for such action as you may deem proper copy of a memorandum of June 8, 1917, from the Japanese Embassy, stating that seven “picture brides” unprovided with certified copies of the notification of marriage had arrived at Seattle on May 26 and are being detained at their own expense at the immigrant station at that port.

I have the honor to express the hope that you may consider favorably the request contained in the enclosed note that arrangements be made for the temporary admission of these “picture brides” on the assurance by the Japanese Consul at Seattle for the presentation of the necessary documents at a later date.

I have [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Frank L. Polk