893.841 Surtax/28: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (Mayer)

316. Your 806, August 14, 3 p.m. The last sentence of Article 22 of the Treaty of 1858 appears to make the Consul responsible to the Chinese authorities for duties and tonnage dues; therefore Department desires to know what steps, if any, the American Consul General took to protect himself and the Government under that Article of the Treaty before granting consular clearance to the S. S. Taft.