Mr. Conger to the Secretary of State.


(Mr. Conger reports that Prince Ching has sent word he has requested edict ordering him to return to Pekin about September 3. Requests most definite instructions possible in view of military occupation, other difficult conditions, and Department’s knowledge of facts [Page 200] unknown in Pekin. Reports are being received daily from the interior of murders of missionaries and converts. An Imperial decree was published July 2, saying that all missionaries of every nationality must at once be driven away to their own countries, so that they may not linger here or make trouble. * * *)