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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 2, 1902
(1902)

China,   pp. 129-283 PDF (11.3 MB)


Page 129

F R 1902, rr 1—9  129CHINA. 
RESTORATION OF SILVER BULLION SEIZED BY UNITED STATES 
FORCES AT TIENTSIN. 
..21ft. Wu to Aft. flay. 
CHINESE LEGATION, 
Waslu~ngton, July 13, 1901. 
 M~ DEAR MR. SECRETARY: In respectfully calling your attention to the inclosed
newspaper clipping containing a dispatch, dated at Washington, June 26 last,
to the effect that your Government has decided to return to China the ~375,000
in silver bullion taken from the salt-tax yamen in Tientsin by American troops,
I beg to inquire whether this money is still in China or in this country;
whether the reported decision has actually been reached by your Government,
and if it has been, how you propose to return the money. 
 If you desire to return the money through me, I should be pleased to place
my services at your disposal and would undertake to see that the money is
returned to the proper authorities in China. 
With renewed assurances, etc., 
Wu TING-FANG. 
[Enclosure.] 
~\e'w~p(1pcr (liJ)J)iiuj. 
THE UNITED STATES TO RETURN TO CHINA THE ~375,000 IN SILVER BULLION TAKEN
AT 
TIENTSIN. 
WASHINGTON, JuNe 26. 
 The Government has decided to return to China the $375,000 in silver bullion
taken from the salt-tax yamen in Tientsin by American troops. This bullion
was deposited in a bank in China, and a check covering the amount sent to
the Treasury Department in Washington. Under the terms of the settlement
China is to pay the United States $25,000,000 indemnity, and the authorities
here regard it as unfair to keep the money seized as a military measure.
When the peace negotiations have been concluded the Government will arrange
to return the bullion. It may require the authority of Congress, however,
to do this. 
Aft. flay to ~2Jft. Wu. 
Personal.] . DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
      Washington, July 18, 1901. 
 M~ DEAR MR. Wu: In view of your personal letter of the 13th, 1 have made
inquiry respecting the disposition of the ~375,000 in silver bullion taken
by the American troops from the yamen of the salt-tax 


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