Mr. Denby to Mr. Olney .
Peking , July 1, 1895 . (Received Aug. 7.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose a copy of a communication sent by me to the Tsung-li Yamên relating to a proposal of the mode of settling the matters growing out of the recent riots in Szechuan.
In 1886, when riots occurred at Chungking, I requested the English consul at that port to take charge of and arrange for the settlement of matters affecting American interests. He acted very satisfactorily, and his conduct was approved by the Department and all the interested parties.
I have in this case requested Mr. Tratman, Her Britannic Majesty’s consul at Chungking, to do what is necessary to secure damages for the [Page 89] American missionaries, and Her Britannic Majesty’s minister has kindly consented that he may act for us. The proposition sent to the Yamên provides for the appointment of a commission composed of certain Chinese officials and one British and one American commissioner to take all the facts and circumstances into consideration and to report to Peking. As our nearest consul is at Hankow and it would take him two or three months to reach Chungking, this course seemed advisable. I submit my action for your approval. The Yamên has not yet approved of the mode of settlement proposed.
I have, etc.,