File No. 151.07/84

The Secretary of War to the Secretary of State

The Secretary of War presents his compliments to the Honorable the Secretary of State, and has the honor to inclose herewith with request for such action as may be practicable, copy of telegram dated April 28, 1917, from the Commanding General, Southern Department, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in reply to telegram from this Department of April 26, 1917, a copy of which is also inclosed, in regard to the Chinese refugees now at Columbus, New Mexico. It is also requested that this Department be informed as to the action of the Department of State in this matter.

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[Inclosure 1 – Telegram]

The Adjutant General to General Pershing

6586. Reference telegram from this office No. 6449 dated April 14 relative Chinese refugees Columbus no answer received as yet. Wire reply.

[Inclosure 2 – Telegram]

General Pershing to the Adjutant General

5075. Reference your 6586. Reply to your No. 6449 delayed awaiting word from Chinese Consul General regarding assurances given by Chinese Minister. No word yet received by Chinese Consul from Minister authorizing former to act. Your telegram implies that assurances already given for purpose of accepting employment by military establishment. Situation not so understood by Consul General at Columbus. Latter has strongly recommended to Chinese Minister that Chinese refugees be permitted to accept employment by military establishment and that refugees be sent to San Antonio for that purpose. Have deferred action awaiting reply to his recommendation. Suggest matter be taken up by State Department with view to transfer of refugees from Columbus to San Antonio where they can be given employment. Chinese Minister should assume responsibility for refugee laborers who are discharged for cause or who desert.