Mr. Conger to Mr. Hay.

No. 1609.]

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.,

E. H. Conger.

The foreign office to Mr. Conger.

In the third month of the thirtieth year of Kuanghsü (May, 1904), the superintendent of northern! trade, together with the governor of Shan-tung, sent in a memorial asking that China voluntarily open up to foreign trade a mart outside of Chi-nan fu, the capital of Shan-tung, and also a village to the east of the capital, called Wei-hsien, as well as Chou Ts-un in the Chang-shan district; the last two to be considered branches of the port at Chi-nan fu.

This board, after due consideration, did, upon the first day of the fourth moon (May 15, 1904), prepare a memorial containing this request, in response to which we had the honor to receive an imperial edict giving the sanction of the Throne to the matter.

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As soon as we have formulated satisfactory regulations and decided upon a day for opening the port, we will again write to inform your excellency of the matter; but as in duty bound we also send this letter in advance, that your excellency may be notified of the action taken.

A necessary dispatch.