Memorandum in response to the Italia/n ambassadors communication of a telegram dated October 19 received by him, from the Italian minister for foreign affairs.

Minister Conger has not yet answered our inquiry in the categorical form indicated in the telegram of the Marquis Visconti-Venosta.

Upon his general response, this Government is instructing him that while the list of the culpable persons given in the Chinese edict of September 25 may be taken as a basis, the foreign ministers in Pekin may designate additional names to the negotiations.