The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in China (Schurman)
156. Your 176, June 13, 7 p.m. and 185, June 17, 5 p.m. In concert with your colleagues whose Consuls at Harbin participated in sealing the archives of the Chinese Eastern Railway you should agree upon an early date when the Consuls will remove the seals. It is suggested that at the time when the seals are removed, which should be as soon as possible, the Legations make public announcement to the general effect the [that?] while maintaining such reservations as they have had occasion to make concerning the recent Sino-Russian agreement regarding the Chinese Eastern Railway as affecting their respective claims upon the Railway Company, the interested Powers consider that the conclusion of that agreement has resulted in a situation which no longer calls for such measures as were taken by the Consuls at Harbin for the protection of the archives of the Company.