Chinese officials not much interested in the Wyoming affair

September 6, 1885

Adjutant-General Drum to-day telegraphed instructions to Major-General Schofield of Chicago to order additional United states troops to Evanston, Wyo. where the fleeing Chinese are concentrating and to all other points along the Unite States mail route in that territory where there are any indications of trouble. Information was received today that the two companies of soldiers ordered to the scene of the disturbance yesterday, arrived at Evanston this morning, and that the condition of affairs there is threatening. Instructions have already been given to the United States troops in Wyoming that in case the trouble continues the President and the cabinet will consider the question of the direction of the military for the suppression of the disorder by use of arms if necessary.
Dr. McCartee, who is not an attache of the Chinese legation, but who resided in China for forty years, and part of the time a representative of this country as an official in the Chinese diplomatic service, speaking concerning the diplomatic aspect of the Chinese trouble in Wyoming, says he thinks it may be the subject of a correspondence between the foreign office and the state department here, but he does not think China is likely to use vigorous action in the matter. In the first place, he says the Chinese government is opposed to the emigration of its subjects. There is in China a law, which was in force until a few years ago, which absolutely prohibited Chinese from leaving the country, but of late years it has become a dead-letter; but it is still the policy of that government to prohibit the Chinese from leaving that country. The Chinese immigrants in this country, while not exactly outlaws in their own country, are looked upon with much disfavor. The Chinese government does and it can prevent Chinamen leaving the country, and it is only through the efforts of foreigners that the large number of coolies were brought here. Under the circumstances Dr. McCartee thinks the Chinese officials do not care much about the Wyoming affair, and that it has not become generally known in China. An attache in charge of the Chinese delegation here, in the absence of the minister, stated that they had not communicated with the state department and that they were waiting to hear from the minister who is now in New York. He thought, however, correspondence on the subject would be opened, and said that notwithstanding his country’s opposition to her subjects leaving home they had not done so in violation of the law and had a claim on their country.

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