Minister Conger to the Secretary of State.
Peking, November 8, 1904.
Sir: Consul-General Cheshire has sent you a full account of the murder of the third comprador (Chinese) of the [British] S. S. Kansu by being thrown into the canal by persons wearing the uniform of the United States sailors, and the decision of the formal court of inquiry into the facts thereof.
It does not seem to me necessary to send from this legation another copy of the voluminous proceedings, but I inclose herewith copies of my correspondence with the Waiwu Pu concerning the case.
It is true that the evidence is not absolutely conclusive as to the guilt of the American sailors, but in my judgment it is circumstantially sufficient to have convinced the average jury, and I therefore share the opinion of the court of inquiry that, if possible, a reasonable indemnity should be paid to the Chinese Government for the benefit of the family of the deceased.
I have, etc.,