Mr. Conger to the Secretary of State.

[Telegram.—Paraphrase. Received through Tsung-li yamen August 7, 1900. Date lost in transmission.]

(Mr. Conger reports that situation is more precarious. Still besieged. The Chinese Government insist upon their leaving Pekin, which would be certain death. They are daily subjected to rifle fire by Imperial troops. Have abundant courage, but little provisions or ammunition. Two progressive yamen ministers have been beheaded. Everyone connected with the United States legation is well at the present moment. Requests Department to advise Porter, Paris; Woodward, Chicago, and Conger, Des Moines.)