Ambassador Wright to the Secretary of State.
Tokyo , July 6, 1906 .
Sir: During the last few days there have been appearing in the columns of the local press reports, which I believe to be true, of energetic measures taken by the Japanese authorities in Seoul with reference to the Korean court. The reports state that Marquis Ito, in the course of several long interviews with the Emperor of Korea, pointed out the absolute necessity of clearing the court of the intriguers who continually infest the palace and whose machinations seriously imperil the friendship between Japan and Korea, and suggested [Page 1042] the advisability of replacing the Korean palace guards by a force of constables largely consisting of Japanese and under the control of the Japanese police adviser. Later reports indicate that these proposals have been strictly carried out.
I have telegraphed to Mr. Paddock for full information on the subject. Meanwhile I have the honor to inclose herewith notes from the local newspapers, English and Japanese, giving such information and comment as is at present available.
I have, etc.,