Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.

No. 258.]

Sir: Referring to my No. 134 of October 27 last,a I have the honor to call to your attention the fact that the bond signed by the Chinese Government for the payment of the United States’ share of the indemnity of 1900 specifies certain methods to be followed by China in making the various payments.

The agreement signed on the 2d of July, 1905, by the various interested powers, including the United States, and China, a translation of which was forwarded to the department as an inclosure in my dispatch No. 113 of October 4, 1905, introduces certain changes in these methods which may necessitate requesting the Government of China to sign a new bond conforming to the existing conditions governing these payments.

I would be greatly obliged if you would kindly instruct me whether I shall ask the Chinese Government to sign a bond identic in tenor with those it has recently given the other powers receiving payments on account of the same indemnity.

I have, etc.,

W. W. Rockhill.