Mr. Denby to Mr. Sherman.
Pekin, November 23, 1897. (Received December 29.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose a newspaper clipping, setting forth an ancient superstition existing in China that an eclipse of the sun portends disaster.[Page 110]
Such an eclipse will occur the first day of the twenty-fourth year of the reign of Kuang Hsu, and the Emperor is filled with forebodings as to its effects.
I have, etc.,