The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Japan (Morris)
Washington, April 25, 1919, 3 p.m.
The Department is with difficulty restraining responsible press comment here on the Tientsin affair and is doubtful how long it may be able to do so owing to the numerous circumstantial reports arriving in the United States through papers published in China and Japan. An early settlement of the question is highly desirable. I have spoken to Ishii in the same sense.