The Acting Secretary of State to Chargé Coolidge.


(Mr. Loomis informs Mr. Coolidge that representations have been made by the Japanese Government that the Russian war vessels interned at Shanghai are being prepared for active service, and that the Chinese Government can prevent violation of its neutrality if so disposed; that the Japanese Government believes itself fully justified in order to protect itself, to take all necessary measures. Instructs [Page 141] him to bring the gravity of the situation to the attention of the Chinese Government, and to urge it to take every proper effort for the maintenance of its neutrality.)