File No. 551/87–88.
Ambassador O’Brien to the Secretary of State.
Tokyo , January 29, 1908 .
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a dispatch from the consul at Dalny, in which it is stated that the Port Arthur branch of the Imperial Chinese Maritime Customs at Dairen was finally opened on the 8th instant, and stating that the rumors to the effect that Port Arthur was to be opened to foreign trade on the same basis as Dairen has now been officially denied.
I have, etc.,