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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

China,   pp. 129-283 PDF (11.3 MB)

Page 283

 CHINA. 283 
or, according to the Russian calendar, the 26th of the ninth month, 1902.
Our board then agreed with the Russian minister in Peking that we should
memorialize, requesting the appointment of officials to take delivery. Now
we have received telegraphic reports from the superintendent of trade for
the north and the military governor of Shengking, respectively, saying that
all the railways beyond the wall have already been returned and acknowledging
that all Russian military forces have withdrawn from the section of the province
lying southwest of the Liao River. 
 In this matter we are greatly indebted to your honorable country for the
deep interest it has taken in preserving the entente cordiale. Now, China
and Russia having both dealt with the matter of this first transfer in accordance
with the treaty, I, as in duty bound, send this dispatch to your excellency
for your information and hope that you will transmit the information to your
honorable Government. 
 A necessary dispatch. 
Kuanghsu twenty-eighth year, ninth moon, 27th day (October 28, 1902). 
A[r. hay to Aft. Oonger. 
 Washington, Xovember 13, 1902. 
 SIR: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 1100, of the
1st ultirno, inclosing a copy of a dispatch from the United States vice-consul
at Niuchwang, in which he suggests that at least one non-Russian gunboat
should winter at Niuchwang this year. 
 In reply I have to inform you that copies of your dispatch and its inclosure
have been sent to the Secretary of the Navy for his information, with the
statement that no urgent need of stationing a gunboat at Niuchwang during
the winter is perceived by the Department, but that it might be desirable
to have a vessel visit the port on the opening of navigation next spring,
if evacuation should take place by April 1, as you indicate. 
 I-am, sir, etc., JOHN HAY. 

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