File No. 893.00/2579
Peking , May 30, 1917, 8 p.m.
The Military Governors Honan, Shantung, Manchuria and Governor Nimorre [Ni Ssu-chung?] Anhui have declared their intention to sever relations with Central Government unless Parliament is dissolved; Shansi is expected to follow. Governor Chang Hsun, who [Page 48] holds the balance of power, will send a delegate to Peking to mediate. It is feared recalcitrant governors are planning resistance movement although they may only aim at displacing President Li. The latter has not decided on a course of action.