Mr. Conger to Mr. Hay.

No. 231.]

Sir: In continuation of dispatch No. 228, concerning settlement extension at Shanghai, I have to report that the amended land regulations fixing the boundaries of the extended international settlement sent up here by the Shanghai consular body for formal approval by the diplomatic corps have been approved by all the corps except the French and Russian ministers, who condition their approval upon the maintenance of the agreement made in 1896 for the extension of both settlements. I suppose this is in retaliation for the British opposition to the small extension now asked for by the French.

I have, etc.,

E. H. Conger.