Minister Rockhill to the Secretary of State.

No. 284.]

Sir: In my dispatch No. 208 of the 23d of January, 1906,1 I transmitted certain correspondence and other information concerning the filing of claims by foreign residents in Shanghai for losses incurred through the riots of December 18, 1905.

The British minister informs me that he has demanded of the Chinese Government the payment of an indemnity of $80,000 Mexican for the losses sustained by British subjects in the settlement through the acts of the mob. He insists that the Chinese authorities should have prevented the holding of mass meetings in localities situated outside the settlement, which meetings incited the people to acts of violence against foreigners, and that it should also have prevented the rowdy element from coming into the settlement.

I have, etc.

W. W. Rockhill.
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