No. 360.
Mr. Bingham to Mr. Fish.

No. 124.]

Sir: On the 12th ultimo, Mr. Hawes, our consul at Hakodadi, by a dispatch of that date, notified me that Mr. L. Haber, late acting German consul at that port, had been murdered on the previous evening by a Japanese. The murderer was arrested, tried, convicted, and on the 10th [Page 766] instant executed, and a proclamation was issued by the government condemning all such assassinations and manifesting a determination to visit such crimes with swift punishment. A copy of the proclamation is herewith inclosed.

I am, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 124.]

Notification of the Daijo Kuan.

To all the Chi, Fu, and Ken:

Tasaki Hidechika, who killed the German consul at Hakodadi, has undergone, on the 10th day of September, the punishment which his crime deserved. Before the revision of the code he would have been crucified, because he was a great criminal, who acted against the wish of the. Mikado and contrary to the treaties with foreigners. The government has caused him to be decapitated, and this punishment will serve as an example to the people, and will show them that they ought to abstain from all criminal acts.


You thought that the relations of the Japanese with the foreigners compromised the dignity of the country, and you wished to avenge this wounded dignity by striking an European. You went to Hakodadi and you there killed, by blows of a sword, Mr. Haber, the German consul in that town. You are very guilty, and so the government, in expiation of your crime, degrades you from the rank of sanmrai, and condemns you to be beheaded.