Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.
Peking, November 10, 1905.
Sir: In continuation of my dispatch No. 112, of October 4, I have the honor to inclose in translation copy of a dispatch received from Prince Ch’ing informing me of the measures which the viceroy of Liang-kuang has telegraphed him he has taken to suppress the boycott and anti-American agitation in the Province of Kuang-tung.
I shall continue to press the Imperial Government for further action on every specific case which is brought to my attention. What I fear the most in the interior is the distribution of inflammatory placards, which, as has been shown in the past, it is very difficult to put a stop to.
I have no means of knowing whether the viceroy’s statement that the boycott does not extend beyond Canton, Swatow, and Wuchow is true, but I am disposed to think he is right. As to the anti-American feeling, that is quite a different matter. The massacre at Lien Chou may have a very quieting effect.
I have, etc.,