Mr. Olney to Mr. Sill


Sill, Minister, Seoul:

Refugees can not be sheltered by you against officers of de facto government charged with apprehending them as violators of the laws of their country. Use of Yorktown in manner suggested is wholly inadmissible. The Department sees with disfavor your disposition to forget that you are not to interfere with local concerns and politics of Korea, but are to limit yourself strictly to the care of American interests.