to Mr. Bayard
Peking , December 11, 1886. (Received January 21, 1887.)
Sir: I have the honor to report that the consul-general has submitted to me the following question: “Is the storage of opium by an American firm forbidden under Article II of the treaty of 1880?”[Page 175]
I have declined to answer this question specifically, but I have held that, under the facts communicated to me, Messrs. Russell & Co. were acting contrary to the treaty.
I inclose herewith a copy of my answer, which I submit to you for approval.
I have, etc.,