Mr. Allen to Mr. Hay.
Seoul, Korea, February 18, 1904.
Sir: I have the honor to hand you confirmation of my telegram of to-day regarding the attack of last evening upon an electric car belonging to the (American) Seoul Electric Company.
The attack was made by soldiers without any real provocation. Some allowance must be made, however, for the condition of affairs in this city. * * * The damage, moreover, was slight in this case as compared with previous ones. It would have been serious, however, had it not been for the presence of the American guard.
I send you inclosed the report made to me by Messrs. Collbran and Bostwick on the subject and a copy of my letter to the acting minister for foreign affairs.
I have, etc.,