CHINESE MAKE STRONG PROTEST
OAKLAND, April 29. "I have heard the report that the authorities intend to remove Chinatown, but I cannot believe it. America is a free country, and every man has a right to occupy land which he owns provided that he makes no nuisance. The Chinese Government owns the lot on which the Chinese Consulate of San Francisco formerly stood, and this site on Stockton street will be used again. It is the intention of our Government to build a new building on the property, paying strict attention to the new building regulations which may be framed."
This was the significant statement made Saturday by a distinguished delegation of Chinese officials which called upon Governor Pardee and discussed with him the arrangements necessary for housing the homeless Orientals in the city. In the party were Chow-Tszchi, first secretary of the Chinese Legation at Washington; Chung Pao Hsi, Consul-General of San Francisco, Ow Yang King, his assistant consul and Lyman I. Mowry, the attorney for the Chinese officials.
party thanked Mayor Mott cordially for his courtesy and kindness to the
fugitive Chinese population which poured into Oakland after the San Francisco
disaster. Governor Pardee was asked for letters to General Greely, General
Funston and Mayor Schmitz, authorizing those officials to grant to the
properly accredited Chinese representatives the right to enter the guarded
section and care for the distressed Orientals as well as provide for the
protection of their burned places of business. The letters were given them,
and, armed with this authority, the party returned to San Francisco.