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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the forty-seventh Congress, 1880-'81
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,the mob which brought Qnlthemfthe: 19os5s5oflife and property.         
The
local officials failed to render necessary, timiely, and proper protection
to the innocent sufferers at the beginning and greater part of the out-
break, nor have they since exerted their utmost in the recovery of the
plundered goods and making reparations for their losses.          I do not
see
that this can be considered as full protection according to the treaty
stipulations.
   I have the honor to send you herewith two copies of Consul Bee's re-
ports and other papers, and requesting you again that you will be so
good as to take the matter into your impartial consideration, and that
you will deal with this case in a reasonable and satisfactory manner,
justifiable to the moral sense, and when you reach a conclusion I hope
you will favor me with a reply, that I may report tomy government.
        Accept, sir, &c.,
                                                       CHEN LAN PllN.
                                   tInclosure 1.1
                        Report of F. A. Bee, Chinese consul.
                             His IMPERIAL CHINESE MAJESTY'S CONSULATE,
                                                 San Francisco, December
8, 1880.
  SIR: I have the honor to report to your excellency that in accordance with
your in-
structions given me to "visit the city of Denver, State of Colorado,
and investigate
the acts of a mob that destroyed the lives and property of Chinese subjects
residing
there on the 31st day of October, 1880, and communicate the result of such
investiga-
tion to you."
  In conformity therewith, I left this consulate on Tuesday, November 23,
arriving
at Denver at midnight of the 27th, .iaving been detained en route twenty
hours by snow
storms. Returning, I left Denver December 1, arriving here on the 5th, having
been
delayed twenty-four hours by extreme cold weather and snow storms.
  The city of Denver is distant by rail from San Francisco 1,530 miles; the
city proper
has a population of nearly 40,000 souls, including about 450 Chinese.
  Immediately upon my arrival, I called a meeting of the resident Chinese
and made
  known to them my mission as well as your instructions, requesting that
they should
promptly furnish me a true and correct statement of their losses by the mob
of Octo-
ber 31, 1880. In due time and in compliance with my request I received oner
hundred
and forty-one vouchers of losses in detail, each article lost or destroyed,
as well as money.
being given, and value carried out. To obviate and condense this large number
of
claims I caused to be made a balance-sheet of the true total of each claim,
requiring
each one to make oath to its correctness after signature. I herewith transmit
to your
excellency these sworn statements, numbered respectively from 1 to 141.
  That you may see what the property lost generally consists of, I refer
you to claims
No. 1 and from 136 to 141 ; the articles being specified will give you a
good idea of all.
  To further carry out your requests, I called upon prominent citizens of
Denver to
obtain information as to the cause that led to this mob violence against
the Chinese,
its origin, &c.
  For a full and correct (as I was informed) history of the outrage, I call
your excel-
  lency's attention to Document A, consisting of four pages of printed matter,
extracts
from the press of Denver giving full details published the day following
the riot.
Also Document B, containing the statement of M. M. Pomeroy, esq., a prominent
citi-,
zen of Denver, to whose endeavors may be credited what action was taken to
quell
the riot, however weak and unsuccessful.
  To enable you to judge as to the action of the city and county authorities
towards
the punishment of the leadersin this riotous proceeding, I procured after
considerable
delay the evidence of several witnesses, taken before the coroner's jury
at the inquest
over the dead body of Look Young. (See Document C.) Page 1 contains the verdict
or findings of The jury. I call your attention therein to the strong language
used to-
wards the authorities.
  Your attention is respectfully called to my letter to their excellencies,
the Chinese
  ministers, giving the particulars in reference to the deceased Chinaman,
place of na-
  tivity, age, &c.
  I desire to call your attention to the case of Wong Tan Chung, whose claim
for losses


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