to Mr. Bayard
Peking , July 31, 1886. (Received September 16.)
Sir: I have the honor to report that the Chungking mob is the most serious riot that has occurred in China for many years. I inclose herewith a copy of a letter, which is the fullest account I have seen. It will be seen that the mob destroyed all the property of the American, French, and English missionaries, including that of the Taylor Inland Mission; the missionaries were seriously maltreated; the British consul was nearly killed; all the missionaries left, and are now at Hankow. The disorder has spread to other parts of the province Szê Chúen and may spread to other provinces. * * *
I have instructed Mr. Franklin, at Hankow, to do all he can to assist our missionaries.
It seems that the Chinese Catholics were objects of hostility to the mob, and many lives were lost in an attack on one of them.
One difficulty about questions arising out of these occurrences is that other foreigners claim that they arise from our anti-Chinese troubles at home. I am satisfied that the charge is not strictly true, but that they arise mostly from the French war. The Chinese have been unusually hostile to foreigners since that war terminated. No doubt the riots in the West, vaguely reported in China, contribute to the ill feeling.
No doubt England and France will demand redress and restitution of rights to their people. * * *
I have written to Mr. Franklin to find out and report to me the character and value of the property destroyed, and whether the missionaries will desire to renew operations in Chungking if protection be promised them or whether they will content themselves with demanding damages. * * *
I have, etc.,