File No. 893.01/23.
Peking, September 2, 1915.
Referring to Legation’s telegram of August 25. It now appears certain that monarchical agitation is incidental to a definite plan looking to assumption of the throne by the President if, and as soon as, that appears to be practicable. * * *
The great majority of provincial governors, both civil and military, have telegraphed to the Peace Planning Society their adherence to the movement; similar telegrams in considerable number have been received from commercial and educational institutions throughout the country. These telegrams have in all probability been sent under official inspiration.
Council of State convened yesterday, acting under the Provisional Constitution as a legislative body pending the institution of the proposed legislature. The Vice President failed to preside, pleading illness. * * *