Mr. Conger to Mr. Hay.

Sir: Continuing my dispatch No. 400, of the 3d instant, I have the honor to inclose translations of two proclamations which were found prominently posted in the city, giving additional and conclusive proof of the responsibility of the Chinese Government for the Boxer movement.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,

E. H. Conger.
[Inclosure 1—Translation.]

Proclamation issued by prince and ministers, by Imperial appointment, in command of the society of the “Fist of Righteous Harmony,” as under—

Prince Chuang, K’ang I, assistant grand secretary; Ying Nien, senior lieutenantgeneral of the gendarmerie, and Duke Lan, acting junior lieutenant-general of the gendarmerie:

Whereas the Boxers have now assembled together in Pekin, the prince and ministers are collecting contributions of silver and rice in order to enable them to accomplish the loyal and patriotic object they have in view, and render it convenient for them to attack and exterminate (the foreigners and Christians). The prince and ministers have recently heard, however, that there are persons who have no sense of shame, who impersonate others and fraudulently solicit contributions with the avowed purpose of seeking their own profit. This practice is certainly detrimental to the interest of the Boxers.

This proclamation is therefore issued so that in future the officials, scholars, merchants, and people may know that those who are public spirited and willing to contribute toward the aid of the Boxers’ cause, on seeing the subscription lists, should send their contributions to the office of the secretary of the Boxers, in the palace of Prince Chuang, in order to prevent fraud and that their contributions may be verified. A receipt will be given immediately contributions are received, giving the name of the contributor and the amount of donation, in order to prevent any mistakes. When the contributions amount to a fair sum, printed lists will be circulated from time to time giving the name of each contributor and the amount subscribed for general information. Persons bringing contributions from others must get a receipt for same to be given to the contributor.

The prince and ministers will appoint official messengers to carefully examine into the matter, and if they find persons who are illegally collecting subscriptions by acting fraudulently and impersonating others, on their being arrested they will be severely punished. Anyone accused of such practices will be severely punished. Liberal rewards will be given to those who arrest or bring actions against persons committing these practices.

Let all fear and obey and none disobey this special proclamation.

Note.—The above proclamation was duly sealed.

F. D. Cheshire,
Chinese Secretary United States Legation.
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[Inclosure 2—Translation.]

Proclamation issued by the office of the gendarmerie offering rewards.

Whereas the missionary chapels situated in Pekin have been entirely destroyed by fire, foreigners have now no place where they can hide or conceal themselves. They have necessarily, in confusion, absconded to keep out of sight.

Therefore this proclamation is issued to inform you scholars, soldiers, brave Boxers, and people that if there are any foreigners secretly hiding themselves they will certainly, under the law, suffer death by decapitation. If they can be found and taken alive a reward of 50 taels will be given for a man, 40 taels for a woman, and 30 taels for a child. They must be really alive, and after this fact has been verified the reward will be immediately paid.

Let all fear and obey and none disregard this special proclamation.

Dated second day, sixth moon, of the twentieth year of Kuang Hsu. (June 28, 1900.)

Note.—Prince Chuang was at the head of the gendarmerie when this proclamation was issued. The above proclamation was duly stamped with the official seal of the office of the gendarmerie.

F. D. Cheshire,
Chinese Secretary United States Legation.