to Mr. Bayard
Peking , January 6, 1887. (Received March 7.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith the reply of the yamên to my communication relating to the tax levied on sugar in Formosa, of which a copy was sent to you with my dispatch No. 260, of December 2, 1886.
It will be seen that the yamên relies on Rule 7 of the trade convention of 1858 with the United States. The yamên states that it has deputized officials to consult and arrange the matter. I will communicate the result.
I have to state in this connection that I have noticed in the public press that the viceroy at Canton has levied a new tax on kerosene oil. When I receive official notice from the consul, to whom I have written, I will protest against this outrage of Chang Chi Tung. I shall thus largely avail myself of your fine argument in your dispatch No. 116, of March 8, 1886.
I have, etc.,