Mr. Goodnow to Mr. Hay.


Conger-Squiers messages Ragsdale, dated July 21, reads as follows:

All well; no fighting since 16th by agreement; enough provisions; little ammunition; hope speedy relief.

Sheng to-day communicated Imperial edict July 30, ordering Yung Lu provide escort ministers Tientsin when ministers fix date. Edict says ministers can receive messages not in cipher. Yet plain messages were returned to consuls yesterday.