File No. 774/198–199.
Chargé Fletcher to the Secretary of State.
Peking , April 8, 1908 .
Sir: Referring to my No. 891, of March 31, 1908,1 on the subject of the steps being taken by the Chinese Government for the extermination of the opium evil, I have the honor to inclose translation of an imperial edict of the 7th instant, appointing Prince Kung; Lu Ch’uan-lin, assistant grand secretary; and Ching-hsing and Ting Chen-to, members of the board for the organization of the deliberative assembly, a commission for the suppression of opium. The commissioners are directed to select native and foreign physicians of ability and establish sanatoria for the compulsory treatment of those addicted to the habit, including officials. They are allowed $30,000 for initial expenses and $60,000 annually.
The commission is composed of men of particularly high rank and is ordered to carry out the work fearlessly.
I have, etc.,
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