893.00/2990: Telegram

The Minister in China ( Reinsch ) to the Acting Secretary of State

At my suggestion, a committee of representative Americans has been formed [at] Tientsin to examine evidence of recent [disturbance] and make a report. Consul General reports a great deal of evidence has already been taken, including that of Japanese. Presence of American soldiers in the Japanese concession on March 11 [12] has not been proved. He also reports that suggestion has been made to have Japanese committee added to American to conduct inquiry jointly. Japanese seem in favor of this. As this indicates spirit of moderation, I have authorized Consul General to proceed with a view to reducing points of difference.17

  1. The American and Japanese committees conducted separate investigations.