File No. 4002/234–235.

The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Riddle.

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 535, of the 4th instant, with which you inclose a copy of your note to the Russian foreign office relative to the preliminary arrangement signed at Peking on May 11 last, providing for the municipal administration at Harbin.

The department approves the representation that you made to the foreign office in this connection.

I am, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.