The Minister in China ( Crane ) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received January 22—11:40 a.m.]
51. My 4, January 5, 4 p.m. Agreement finally settled between diplomatic corps and Chinese Government for financial committee [Page 731] of control to disburse proceeds of famine customs surtax. Six Chinese, six foreigners members. Loan with four banks for $4,000,000 concluded 19th.
Surtax will be applied for all goods entering or leaving China on or after March 1st.