File No. 893.51/1264.
The American Minister to the Secretary of State.
Peking , January 29, 1913 .
Your telegram January 27. I do not know the nature of French Minister’s new instructions except by inference. The fact that the Minister had previously given us a paraphrase of his instructions requiring six general advisers, and has now authorized his banker to sign a letter promising advance with advisers limited to service of loan, tended to confirm report that his former instructions were revoked. He has not since conferred with his colleagues.