Mr. Hay to Mr. Conger.
Washington, November 16, 1900.
(Mr. Hay states that the United States Government favor securing foreign rights at treaty ports by adequate foreign concessions, either as an international settlement or as separate concessions to the interested nations, but that forcible appropriation under claim of conquest is in conflict with the declared purpose of the powers and disturbs their harmonious action. The United States Government think the question should be adjusted as part of the general arrangement, in which the right of the United States to an impartial share should be reserved.
Mr. Conger’s protest is approved.)