File No. 4002/234–235.
Ambassador Riddle to the Secretary of State.
St. Petersburg, September 4, 1909.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your unnumbered instruction of August 6 last, relative to the municipal administration of Harbin, and inclosing copies of notes exchanged between the Russian minister and the Wai-wu Pu and also of Mr. Fletcher’s note to Prince Ching of June 23 last.
Herewith I inclose a copy of my note to the Russian foreign office in accordance with your instructions.
As I have not seen the official text of the preliminary arrangement signed on May 11 last, I thought I could not do better than adopt the text of Mr. Fletcher’s note to the Chinese Government, making only a few necessary alterations.
The acting minister for foreign affairs of Russia, in reply to my oral representations made to him on the subject of restrictions upon the transfer of the long-term leases at Harbin, said that he was not familiar with the details of the question, but that he thought it was better that all the treaty powers interested should give their views on the subject of the various questions involved at Harbin, and that early opportunity would be given for a complete discussion of the provisions of the detailed scheme of administration which is to supplant the preliminary arrangement.
I have, etc.,