The Chargé in China (Bell) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 25—4:47 a.m.]
303. My 296, August 20, 4 p.m. There have been no developments of importance since the foregoing was sent.
Neither Japanese nor British Minister has returned Karakhan’s note of August 19 while Karakhan has not replied to note of August 18 offering to return Legation nor has he asked for keys. It is reported that he is dissatisfied with reservations in third paragraph of latter note and has telegraphed Moscow for instructions.
Russo-Japanese negotiations have made no advance and merely [nearly?] broke down last week on the question of Saghalien.