Mr. Jernigan to Mr. Denby.
Alleged Japanese spies arrested on French concession by French police, at instance of China. Delivered at this consulate by French consul-general. Disclaimed the right to exercise Japanese consular functions. Accused asked for asylum till case could be investigated. Granted, with understanding that I retain power to preserve status quo. They and papers secure; advise patience; important principle involved. Reasonable doubt China’s rights. No danger of prejudice. Assure Yamên of my strict impartiality and my purpose to maintain status quo. Have written fully.