Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.
Peking, May 21, 1906.
(Mr. Rockhill states that the German and British diplomatic representatives have received replies to their inquiries concerning the customs edict, which are indefinite and generally considered unsatisfactory. The British sent a second note on Saturday. Mr. Rockhill, in reply to his inquiry, has received a note from the minister for foreign affairs which is absolutely noncommittal. Most of the diplomatic representatives in Peking are instructed to support Great Britain in insisting on a satisfactory promise for the future, and Mr. Rockhill asks whether he shall join with them.)