File No. 803.00/2604
The Secretary of State to Chargé Wheeler
Washington , June 12, 1917, 6 p.m.
Your June 11, 11 p.m. The American note to China does not contain a single sentence or phrase of the alleged American note published by the Asahi. The latter is in toto a false representation, and possibly an intentional one. You are authorized to make denials and bring the matter to the attention of the Foreign Office saying that this Government greatly regrets the publication of so misleading a statement.
Minister Reinsch reports American note favorably received by both parties in China. The effect was good.