Mr. Conger to Secretary of State.

[Telegram—Paraphrase. Received October 14.]

(Mr. Conger reports departure this date of large joint military expeditions from Tientsin and Pekin for Paotingfu and Chentingfu. Americans, Russians, and Japanese are going. He fears negotiations will be delayed thereby. Earl Li arrived yesterday; called to-day, and says he will soon be ready for negotiations.)