Mr. Conger to Mr. Hay.


(Mr. Conger reports that the consular officers at Tientsin have been informed by the Russian general that he has taken absolute possession of a large tract facing the foreign settlement, as property of the Russian army by conquest.

Mr. Conger regards this as a dangerous precedent, as all extensions of foreign settlements should be international. He has directed the United States consul to enter a protest and will himself protest to the Russian minister.

Belgium is also claiming a large tract adjoining that claimed by Russia.

Suggests the probable desirability of further action by the Department.)