Mr. Squiers to Mr. Hay.

No. 614.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose a copy of a proclamation, dated April 18, issued by the German consul-general of Tientsin, by which notification is given that the German concession there has been, by the consent of the Chinese authorities, extended as indicated on the mapa inclosed herewith.

I have not instructed Mr. Ragsdale to enter a protest against this action, as it does not appear that the interests of any of our nationals are involved or in any way prejudiced.

The inclosed map also shows the extensions of old concessions, as well as new concessions up to date.

I have, etc.,

H. G. Squiers.

proclamation of german consul-general at tientsin.

My Dear Colleague: By order of the Imperial German legation at Pekin, I have the honor to inform you that, with the consent of the Chinese authorities, the German concession at Tientsin has been enlarged on the west to the Taku road, on the south to the boundary within the limits which are marked in green on the plan herewith.

I beg to add that it is well understood that foreigners who hold prior regular titles are safeguarded.

I assure you, etc.,

Zimmerman, Consul-General.
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