The Minister in China (Crane) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 13—3:35 a.m.]
375. Presidential mandate October 31 established three grades of Chinese Courts of Procuration (Shen Pan Ting) having jurisdiction in Chinese Eastern Railway zone. All officers Chinese but foreign counsellors in purely consultative capacity appointed by Chinese attached to two higher courts who may function [to] slight extent [Page 778]in lowest courts in purely Russian actions. Appeals from highest court lie with Supreme Court, Peking. No mention regarding law administered, inferentially Chinese.