The Secretary of State to Ambassador Reid.


(Mr. Root informs Mr. Reid that the consul-general at Singapore reports that the boycott has taken a serious turn, that the Chinese trade is at a standstill, that circulars are posted on all Chinese shops, that anonymous warning letters are being circulated and he fears that the trouble has only begun. He has been instructed to give information of anonymous threats and unlawful combinations to the local authorities. Mr. Reid is instructed to request that the British Government take the gravity of the situation into consideration and adopt such protective and repressive measures as maybe practicable.)