Mr. White to Mr. Hay.

No. 1307.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt late last night of your telegram relative to destruction of Tientsin.

In this connection I have to inform you that it is announced in the North German Gazette of to-day’s date (No. 166), that—

The secretary of state of the foreign office, Count von Bülow, found himself compelled to notify the Chinese legation here that until further notice he could no [Page 329] longer permit it to send off telegrams in cipher or code, and that ordinary telegrams are to be submitted to him before their transmission in order to be passed upon by him before permission to send them is given.

Iam, sir, etc.,

And. D. White.