The Japanese Minister to the Secretary of State.
Washington, October 27, 1905.
Sir: Under instructions from my Government, I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of the English translation of a report received by the Imperial Government from the commander of the Japanese army in the island of Saghalien, accompanied by a supplementary statement of the superintendent of the field hospital attached to the said army,a regarding disregards and violations of the laws and customs of war by the Russian army during engagements which recently took place in the island.
I beg leave to add that, in the belief of the Imperial Government, conducts and practices of the Russian army, as stated in the above-mentioned report, constitute grave offenses against stipulations of the Geneva and Hague conventions, of which Russia is one of the signatory powers; and it is with this belief in view that the Imperial Government desire to bring the above to the notice of the United States Government and invite their consideration thereof, so that the matter may be made a subject of international discussion at such an opportunity as might present itself in future.
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