The Japanese Minister to Acting Secretary of State Adee.
Washington, July 20, 1905.
Sir: Under instructions from H. I. M. minister for foreign affairs, I have the honor to inform the United States Government, as one of the governments which signified adhesion to the Geneva convention of 1864, of a case of the most flagrant violation of the said convention committed by the Imperial Russian troops in Manchuria, in wantonly attacking, on the 18th of May last, the defenseless and nonresisting personnel of a military field hospital of the Imperial Japanese army, which was at “Ee-chia-wo-pong,” in the province of Feng-tien and in wounding and killing the persons who are entitled to protection and respect by the belligerents.
The details of the incident are given in the annex as translated from the various reports received by the Imperial Government from their army in Manchuria.
Besides bringing the above to the notice of your government, I am further instructed to request their good offices in instructing the United States ambassador at St. Petersburg to call serious attention of the Russian Government to this grave violation of the stipulations of the Red Cross convention by their troops in Manchuria.