File No. 893.00/2684
Minister Reinsch to the Secretary of State
Peking, June 5, 1917, 8 p.m.
Fearing that revolutionists might detain message the Minister for Foreign Affairs requests that the following be transmitted to the Chinese Minister at Washington:
Ni Ssu-chung and some generals have revolted against the Central Government for selfish aims and are sending troops to surround Peking which threatens to rend and ruin trade. The southern provinces are loyal to the President and Parliament and the commercial and civilian population are enraged at the action of the rebels. Confidentially request Secretary Lansing and President Wilson to make a public statement supporting President.