File No. 10388/22–23.

The Secretary of State to Minister Rockhill.

No. 477.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of Mr. Fletcher’s dispatch. No. 894, of April 3 last, in which he states that on March 14, 1908, formal demand was made of the Chinese Government for the payment of the indemnity for losses sustained by American citizens on account of riots in Shanghai in December, 1905.

On June 1 the following telegram was sent to the American consul general at Shanghai:

When you have received from the Chinese Government indemnity for losses, Shanghai riots, December, nineteen five, you may forward total sum to the department for distribution among the claimants.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.