File No. 893.01/24.


Referring to my cable of September 2 * * * I beg to request instructions in view of an intimation that the Chinese Government that [sic] to sound Legations as to the attitude which their Governments may be expected to take towards the establishment of a monarchy. Unless otherwise instructed, I should indicate that the American Government would reserve an opinion until the event, when its attitude would be determined by the circumstances then existing, and particularly by considerations as to the acceptability of the new government to the people of China and its consequent ability to preserve order and safeguard foreign interests, and of the degree of confidence and sympathy with which the American people and those possessing interests in China might prove disposed to view the monarchy.