Mr. Squiers to Mr. Hay.
Pekin, July 25, 1901.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose to you copy of correspondence regarding provisional transfer of old United States concession at Tientsin to the municipality of the British extra concession.
As reported in Mr. Conger’s dispatch No. 491, of December 31, 1900, and No. 551, February 27, 1901, this concession was temporarily occupied by us with the hope that by doing so the powers might be induced to joining in an international settlement, but there now appears to be no possibility of such action, at least for the present.[Page 53]
Mr. Ragsdale’s representations that this property is an “eyesore” to Tientsin, as there is no sanitary or police control, are supported by reports from other sources.
As the object in taking over control of the concession will be in no way prejudiced, I recommend the acceptance of the British proposals, with the exception of paragraph 2, which should provide for mooring of all United States vessels.
I beg to request a telegraphic repty.
I have, etc.,