Mr. Hay to Mr. Porter.

[Circular telegram.]1

I have to-day received through governor of Shantung and Chinese minister a cipher message from Minister Conger which left Pekin 18th [Page 314] by flying courier, whence it appears he was in British legation which was under continuous fire of shot and shell and gravely imperiled.

Communicate this to minister for foreign affairs and invite any suggestions he may desire to make as to utilizing service of friendly Chinese officials to obtain further information and effect communication with legations.

  1. Same telegram sent to the United States representatives at Berlin, London, Paris, St. Petersburg, and Tokio.