Mr. Conger to Mr. Hay.
Peking, China, May 17, 1904
Sir: I have the honor to confirm my telegram of the 18th instant.
I inclose copy of a note from the foreign office by which it will be seen that Wei-hsien and Chou Ts’un are also opened; these two to be considered branches of the port of Chi-nan fu.
Chi-nan fu is the capital of Shan-tung and the present terminus of the German railroad from Tsing-tao, and is likely to become an important business place; we ought, also, to have a consul there at the earliest moment practicable.
Wei-hsien and Chou Ts’un are important stations on the railway, At Wei-hsien the American Presbyterians have a large mission station and an important school.
For more than a year the Germans have had a consular officer stationed at Chi-nan fu, but he has been called an agent of the governor or representative of the railway, or something of that kind, and has not been authorized to perform regular consular functions.
I have, etc.,