Mr. Denby, chargé, to Mr. Olney.
Peking, May 23, 1896. (Received July 11.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a clipping from the North China Daily News, giving an account of an antimissionary riot which occurred at Kiangyin, in the province of Kiangsu, on the 12th instant. It will be seen that though the property of an American mission was looted and destroyed no personal injuries were inflicted.
Kiangyin is situated on the south bank of the Yangtze River, 100 miles west of Shanghai and 60 miles east of Chinkiang. A Catholic cathedral is located there, and there were two years ago 37 chapels in the district. In 1894 a station of the Southern Presbyterian Mission of the United States was located there in the face of considerable opposition. It is the premises of this mission which have now been destroyed.
On the 17th instant I received an unofficial note from one of the ministers of the Yamên, informing me that riots had broken out at Kiangyin, where American interests were concerned, but he gave no details thereof. I at once telegraphed to the United States consul at Chinkiang, asking if any American had suffered thereby. The same day the consul telegraphed in reply as follows:
Two Americans safe here. Immediate settlement probable. Ringleader [in] prison.
No further communication has been received on this subject, and it is to be hoped that the case will be promptly settled without appeal to the Central Government.
The missionaries who wish to obtain land at Chuchou Fu, referred to in my dispatch No. 2530, of the 20th instant, are of the same mission as those at Kiangyin and work in the same vicinity. I have accordingly telegraphed Consul Jones, suggesting that in settling the Kiangyin case he attempt to reach some understanding regarding Chuchou Fu also.
I have, etc.,
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.