Mr. Jones to Mr. Rockhill.

No. 282.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt by mail on the 18th instant of Department instructions No. 91, dated October 12, 1896, sent direct, in which I am informed that it is expected that I will see that the magistrate at Kiangyin is dismissed promptly from office, as promised, and that a proclamation is posted throughout Kiangyin stating the ground of his dismissal.

The Department can be assured that this will receive my earnest attention in all particulars in compliance with instructions.

I have, etc.,

A. C. Jones, Consul.