Mr. Denby to Mr. Bayard.
Peking, March 4, 1889. (Received April 23.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a translation of a communication from the Tsung-li Yamên, which may be regarded as an official notification that the Emperor of China will to-day assume the reigns of government.
In honor of this event the foreign ministers today displayed their flags and sent cards to the members of the Yamên. The flag of this legation was elevated for the double purpose of signalizing the advent of the Emperor to power, and in honor of the ceremony of the inauguration which was then transpiring in Washington.
I have, etc.,