393.1123 Lincheng/94: Telegram
The Minister in China (Schurman) to the Secretary of State
[Received May 24—8:50 a.m.]
179. Chinese authorities not informed.
In accordance with resolution of diplomatic body consuls at Lincheng have been instructed to convey following message to brigand chiefs:
“[Apparent omission] is delayed or withheld owing to the refusal of brigands to accept reasonable terms offered to them by the Chinese authorities. Foreign governments will hold brigands responsible with their lives for any fatal consequences which may ensue to their nationals as a result of such delay or refusal to treat.”
Consuls have been instructed in making this communication to make it quite clear to brigands that they are not authorized to enter into negotiations with them or to give any form of guarantee.