Chun Wing Kwong was deported on February 12, 1915, because of these cigarettes. He was attempting to enter the United States through Honolulu, Hawaii. He claimed to be the son of a Chinese merchant who ran a store in Honolulu.
But inspectors found a note in Chinese inside the cigarette book. These “coaching notes” were often smuggled to Chinese detainees so that the answers they gave in the interviews would match the answers of their family and friends. The inspectors decided the note was evidence of fraud, and Wing Kwong was sent back.
This story is one of many from "Attachments,"
our current exhibit that uses documents from immigrants who entered, or attempted to enter, the United States.
The last day to see the exhibit is September 4—don’t miss it! http://www.archives.gov/nae/visit/gallery.html