Mr. Adee to Mr. Denby.

No. 1113.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 2263 in regard to the antimissionary riots at Chengtu.

You state that “these riots are inexplicable except on the theory of official connivance.” If the connivance of high Chinese officials in this antiforeign demonstration be reasonably shown, stern reprobation and punishment must be expected, with due reparation and safeguards for the future. You will continue your efforts to elicit the truth, and act accordingly within your standing instructions.

I am, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee