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China,   pp. 168-337 PDF (76.8 MB)

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                               No. 190.
                     Chen Lan Pin to Mr. IEvarts.
                                          CHINESE LEGATION,
                                     Washington, January 21, 1881.
  SIR: Referring to the recent riot and attack upon the Chinese resi-
dents in Denver, Col., I had the honor to address you a note on the
10th of November last, stating the facts petitioned to me from the
Chinese there; and at the same time I had authorized the consulbgen-
eral at San Francisco to appoint a member to proceed to Denver for
making investigations dn this subject.
  According to the report of Mr. F. A. Bee, Chinese consul, who went
personally to Denver and investigated thoroughly the case, I learn
that the occurrence of the riot was owing to the incompetency of the
authorities, and that it resulted in a homicide and the wholesale rob-
bery of the property of the Chinese. Mr. Bee also procured the state-
ments of the losses sustained by the Chinese, each signed by the indi-
vidual sufferer; a copy of the verdict of thejury, and the evidence of the
witnesses taken before the coroner's jury at the inquest over the dead
body of Look-Young, otherwise Sing Le; and the statement of Mr.
  The above-named documents were forwarded to me by the consul-
general at San Francisco, and while I was preparing to send you copies
of the same, I received your note of the 30th ultimo, which I read and
considered carefully. I find some parts of it highly gratifying, and
some which I do not quite comprehend. Allow me, sir, therefore to
mention to you what these are.
  It is stated in your note that "1these Chinese residents are to receive
the same measure of protection and vindication under judicial and
political administration of their rights as our own citizens," and that
"4 our government will, upon every occasion, as far as it properly can,
giye its continued attention to every just and proper solicitude of the
Chinese Government in behalf of its subjects established here," and
"6 not only in Denver, but in every other part of the United States,
protection of this government will always be, as it always has been,
freely and fully given to the natives of China resident in the country,
in the same manner and to the same extent as it is afforded to our own
citizens," and that "the President, upon the receipt of the information
that in this outbreak of the mob violence, the Chinese residents of
Denver had been made a special object of the hatred and violence of
the lawless mob, felt much indignation and regret, and that in common
with my colleagues in the executive government, I shared fully in the
sentiment of the President."
  The above extracts indicate the friendly and kind feeling of your
government, and I need not assure you that I feel gratified by their
avowal, and that my government on learning of them will share that
sentiment with me.
  As regards the arrest and punishment of the persons guilty of de-
stroying life-and property, it is stated in your note that "the brutal
and lawless composed such mob." It is clear that these guilty persons
are detested throughout the country, and ought to be punished severely
in order to give a warning against kimilar recurrences. But I regret
to learn from your note that the powers of direct intervention on the
part of the United States Government are limited by the Constitution,
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