On this day: Aug. 26, 1904

Editorial -- The United States government does not intend to insist upon the neutrality of China. It does not intend to insist that the Russian warships now in the harbor at Shanghai shall be disarmed or be forced from their present harbor. It does not intend in any way to prevent the Japanese capturing the Russian warships. It does not at this time propose to protect American interests in Shanghai or any other Chinese ports, if by so doing it is found necessary to interfere with the freedom of action of the warships of any other nation.