Mr. Denby to Mr. Olney .
Peking , August 12, 1895 . (Received Sept. 26.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose a translation of an imperial decree which was published in the Peking Gazette the 9th instant, relating to antiforeign riots.
This decree was issued on the demand of Her Britannic Majesty’s minister and myself. It is not as forcible or definite as we demanded, but in its general terms is satisfactory. It recites the friendly treatment of foreigners by China, the occurrence of riots in Szechuan and Fuhkien, the atrocity of the circumstances, the arrest of some criminals, instructions to capture the guilty, protective measures to be taken, and provides that proclamations be issued warning the people against rioting and against circulating or crediting slanders.
The Yamên has agreed to send this decree by telegraph to all the viceroys and governors of China. I will see that it is circulated among the American missionaries. The Yamên has also agreed that Chou Taotai should be degraded and that publication of his degradation should be made at Chengtu. He was chief of police for the two Hsiens of Chengtu, and he is accused of having put up a placard containing this sentence: ‘“At the present time we have obtained clear proof that foreigners deceive and kidnap small children.” As this publication incited the populace to rioting, I have been very urgent in demanding the degradation of its author, and will, if possible, secure his banishment.
I have, etc.,