Mr. Denby to Mr. Olney.
Peking, March 24, 1896. (Received April 30.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a translation of a communication from the Tsung-li Yamên concerning the agreement made by the members of the Szechuan commission and the Chinese officials as to the payment of the claims of the American Methodist Mission.[Page 49]
I inclose, also, a copy of my answer to this communication. It will be seen that the Yamên is ready to take up the claims of the Southern Baptists’ Union, which were not presented by the commission.
In my dispatch No. 2479, of February 14, 1896, I transmitted to you a copy of the claim of the Southern Baptists’ Union and asked instructions as to whether I should present it in the form in which it reached me.
Since the date of that dispatch I have written to the consul at Hankow to procure from the claimants a more accurate and definite statement. It is quite likely that the claims would have been allowed if they had been presented at Chengtu by the American commission, but it is, on the other hand, most probable that claims made for “enforced traveling to Shanghai and return,” “extra incidental expenses,” “two passages to America”—for which you see the dispatch cited—if presented by me to the Yamên, will meet with vigorous objection.
The bill on its face shows that some of the missionaries only went to Chungking, and for these the charge for traveling expenses is only $100, while others went to Shanghai at a cost of $350, and two went from Chungking to America at a cost of $700. * * *
I await your instructions.
I have, etc.,