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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)

Russia,   pp. 916-937 PDF (1.4 MB)


Page 916

916 a See also under China, page 145.RUSSIA. 
MUTUAL EMBARRASSMENTS OF UNITED STATES AND RUSSIAN 
OFFICIALS AT NIUCH WANG—CONFLICT BETWEEN UNITED 
STATES SEAMEN AND RUSSIAN OFFICIALS—DELAYS IN TRANSMISSION OF TELEGRAMS,
ETC.a 
Count Cassini to Air. hay. 
[Translation.] 
RUSSIAN EMBASSY, 
Washington, Decemler 28, 1901. 
 DEAR MR. HAY: Having been since yesterday indisposed afresh, and it being
impossible for me to leave the house, it becomes necessary for me to have
recourse to the pen in order to lay before you a matter which has been made
the subject of a telegram I have just received from Count Lamsdorff. 
 Information which has recently been received by the imperial ministry from
Niuchwang is to the effect that the consul of the United States in that city
is raising constant and irritating difficulties with the Russian authorities;
that he is taking under his protection Chinese subjects of a more ~than doubtful
reputati9n; that he refuses to recognize the competence of the Russian tribunals
and of the Russi~mn authority upon whom rest provisionally, during the occupation
of the country, the responsibility for the maintenance of order and tranquillity.
These facts, being in flagrant contradiction with the cordial assurances
based upon the reciprocal confidence which I have had the honor to hear from
your excellency's lips on frequent occasions, and which I have hastened to
bring to the knowledge of my Government, can not but painfully impress the
Imperial Government, while, however, giving it the impression that they are
the result of the personal and not very prudent activity of a consular agent
little acquainted with the situation and with the excellent relations established
upon a solid footing between our two Governments. Therefore I venture to
hope, dear Mr. Hay, that, taking into consideration what I have communicated
to you, you would be so kind as to furnish, as soon as possible, to the consul
at Niuchwang explicit instructions to the end that he shall be careful to
avoid acts and proceedings which are in absolute contradiction with all that
I have seen and heard since I have been in this country. 
 Permit me to hope that you will complete your kindly intervention in this
matter by enabling me to communicate your response, which I venture to hope
will be entirely satisfactory, to Count Lamsdorff. 
Be pleased to accept, etc., 
CA55INI. 


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