Mr. Breckinridge to Mr. Olney.
St. Petersburg, August 24, 1895. (Received Sept. 10.)
Sir: I have to confirm my telegram of August 23, in regard to the admission of American missionaries in China to Russian territory.
Referring to my No. 127, of August 15, upon the same subject, I inclose copy and translation of a note from Mr. Chichkine of August 9/21, received yesterday evening.[Page 1078]
I also inclose copy of my reply to Prince Lobanow, of this date, discussing the mode of applying the conditions imposed and referring to the treatment which has been given by his Government to this business.
While the Russian Government does not reply in terms to the inquiry whether their laws deny the right of asylum to our citizens in peril of their lives, as in China, yet it is only too plain that such is the case, and also that it is extremely difficult to get them to effectively exercise their ready power to waive its application in the present emergency.
This matter has occasioned me no little anxiety, both as to the nature of the subject and, especially under the pressure of recent events in China, as to the possible peril to some of our people at remote and exposed points in that country.
I have tried to keep as closely in touch with the Department as the circumstances seemed to permit. The last note from the foreign office has seemed to me to require a reply no less full than the one I have made, though, as stated in my No. 127, I did not expect to communicate with the Russian Government further upon the subject until I received instructions based upon that statement of the case.
I will not lengthen this dispatch by recapitulating the points in my present note to Prince Lobanow; but referring to it and to the other inclosure, I respectfully submit my action in the premises and the present status of the case.
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