May 2, 1926
Vaudeville Managers Protective Association
Long Tack Sam
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The school in Oakland is intended to prepare the boys for the public schools or certain private schools. At the end of such period of preparation as Miss Greenlee finds necessary, supposedly about one year, the boys are to be distributed to certain churches throughout the United States which are under agreement to provide homes for the boys in Christian American families and keep the boys in suitable schools usually the public city schools, and report regularly to Miss Greenlee as to the conduct and progress of the boys. Miss Greenlee states that she will supervise the education of all her boys until they have attained to high school standing and that in any case where a boy abandons his studies before that time she will endeavor to return him to China by her personal efforts or through official action. Miss Greenlee is strongly supported and assisted in her work by Dr. M. A. Matthews of the First Presbyterian Church in Seattle. Her ability and the worthiness of her motives are well established by our observation as well as by various excellent testimonials. She is assisted here in collecting her boys by Mr. Yee On Lai, a Chinese of American birth, concerning whom only favorable reports have reached this office.Wong was eleven years old when he sailed from Hong Kong to the United States. His group of 30 Chinese students were on the steamship Minnesota. The ship departed Hong Kong on March 1, 1913, and picked up passengers in Shanghai, China and Yokohama, Japan, where Miss Greenlee came aboard.
Thirty Chinese HeldAdmission was granted to the students who were released to Rev. Mark Allison Matthews. The students are Chew Haw Sing, Fong Tan Jew, Jew Fook Wa, Ko Hing, Kung Mow, Kwan Fui Wai, Kwan Wing Yik, Kwan Wo Kwun, Lee Kee Tung, Lee Kwok Yew, Lee Kong Ngoon, Lee Soo Ching, Lew Lin Gong, Ma Hung, Ng Ah Yen, Ng Jow Leun, Tom Yee Kong, Wong Ak Kun, Wong Mow Sing, Wong Wa Ngoon, Wong Yen, Wong Yook Yee, Woo Ngui Shin, Woo Suey Jin, Yee Dip, Hui Sun Fong, Lau Fuk Tai, Mah Wai Shun, and Yung Tsan Sam.
Seattle, March 25.—The local United States immigration officials today refused admission to 30 Chinese boys who arrived here on the steamship Minnesota, bound for an Oakland, Cal., school, unless the Chinese should furnish a bond of $60,000. It is expected that the bond will be forthcoming. The boys are under the care of Miss Ida K. Greenlee, formerly an inspector of the University of Washington. These boys, she says, are the sons of the wealthiest families in Kwangtung province, China, and their tuition is paid by the Chinese government out of the Boxer indemnity fund.
Description: Age, 11; Height, 4' 6 3/4"; Large scar outer and right eyebrow, small scar and two small moles back of neck; Student, going to Ng Lee school, Oakland, California; Family name is Wong.At some point the Ng Lee School moved to San Francisco. In early 1914, Wong moved to Boston, Massachusetts where his address was the restaurant, Mon Yen Low, 34 Beach Street. At the restaurant he was a busboy. With postcards provided by Miss Greenlee, Wong was told to write to Mr. Monroe, an immigration officer in Seattle, and describe his activities. On the postcards and letters, Wong used his Christian name, Perry.
Inspector: Q What are your names?
Applicant: A Wong Yook Yee; I am not married; I am of the Wong family and have no other names.
Q Do you wish to have present during your examination an attorney or an independent interpreter?
Q Have you ever before been in the United States or tried to gain admission to this country?
Q How old are you and where were you born?
A I was born 15 day, 8th month, K.S. 28. I am now 11 years old. I was born in Chung Hen Lee village, Hoy Ping district, China.
Q Where are your parents and what are their names?
A My father’s name is Wong Lon Seong. He died in China three years ago. My mother’s name is Jew Shee. She is now living in my native village, in China.
Q Have you any sisters or brothers?
A One younger brother* and two younger sisters. My younger brother’s name is Nook Nay, 7 years old. My sister’s names are: Chuey Git, 10 years old; Fong Gay, 4 or 5 years old.
Q Where have you been living in China and what have you been doing?
A I have been attending 5 years Chinese school in my native village. Two months and a half in Ng Lee school, in Hong Kong, studying English.
Q Why are you coming to the United States now and how long do you expect to stay?
A Going to Ng Lee School, Oakland, California, and I don’t know how many years I will remain in this country. (Applicant recites the alphabet in English.)
Q What provision has been made for your support in this country?
A My cousin Ngong Suey will pay my expenses. He is a merchant on Wing Lock Street, Hong Kong, name of his firm is Kwong Yuen Co.
Q Do you know any persons now in the United States?
A Know Ong Sow, he is a merchant, member of the Chung Lung Co., Waverley Street, don’t know the number, San Francisco.
Q What arrangements has your cousin made for your support in this country?
A My cousin made arrangements with Miss Greenlee to bring me over to this country to attend school. He give Miss Greenlee five hundred dollars gold for me.
Q Have you any money with you?
A No, I have no money with me?
Q Have you a ticket to Oakland?
A No, I have not. Miss Greenlee will attend to that.
Q Who induced you to come to this country?
A My cousin Ngong Suey wanted me to come to this country.
Q How long do you expect to be here and what will you study?
A Go to English school. I don’t know how many years I will remain here. I am going to Ng Lee School in Oakland now.
Q Do you understand that during your stay in this country you must not engage in any laboring work in the United States and if you do you may be returned to China?
A Yes, I understand.
* Wong had an older brother but named a younger brother to create a slot for a paper son.
Police Guard Chinese CoupleA March 25, 1929 Immigration Service letter said Wong and his family traveled on the Boston & Maine Railroad and Canadian Pacific Railway to Vancouver, Canada, where they would sail, on March 30, aboard the steamship Empress of Russia to China.
Actress-Bride Who Defied Tong Starts with Husband for China
Are Placed Aboard Montreal Train
While leaders of the Hip Sing tong, police say, were secretly meeting to formulate a plan to delay the departure of Mrs. Loo Shue Yee [sic], pretty Chinese actress who defied tong laws, and her husband, Yee Yook Wong, graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the couple were placed aboard a Montreal-bound train under police guard yesterday morning.
Special Patrolmen Amelotte and Sullivan, of the Lagrange Street station, who protected the Chinese while they were packing their effects yesterday, met them at the Hotel Touraine, where they were taken after darkness Saturday night, and escorted them to the North station on the first lap of a trip intended to leave them at Nanking, China.
Special arrangements for the protection of Mr. and Mrs. Yee while enroute to the Canadian city, and from there to the city where they will embark for China, were made. The conductor of the Montreal train was informed of the facts, railway police were on hand and the passengers carefully scrutinized before the train left. None of the scores of strange Chinese noticed in Boston’s Chinatown Friday and Saturday were found. There is a powerful Hip Sing organization in Montreal and police feared that the Yees [sic] would suffer at their hands. The Chinese pair will not enter the city under present arrangements.
Meanwhile, Chinatown seethed as word of the defiance of Mrs. Yee, widow of a respected leader of the Hip Sing tong, Yen Shue [sic], went around. The Hip Sing tong headquarters at 23 Harrison avenue, and on Hudson streets, were filled with Chinese yesterday talking over the case.
Mrs. Yee had often declared to police that her life and the life of her husband were in danger as a result of her marrying the man of her choice long before the time limit, according to tong custom, had passed.
It is rumored that Yen Shue left a considerable sum of money which the tong lay claim to as funds of that organization. Mrs. Yee told police that tong leaders wanted to keep her in Boston for an immoral purpose, and that she had married her husband and decided to go to China, where he will be engaged in a reclamation and city planning project, to escape the law of the tong.