The Minister in China (Reinsch) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received August 21.]
Sir: In connection with your telegram stating that the Japanese Minister had been instructed to talk over with me fully and frankly the Tientsin incident with a view to settlement, I have the honor to state that thus far I have not heard from my Japanese Colleague.
I have the honor to enclose correspondence with the Consul-General in Tientsin (letter to the Minister, July 14th, letter from the Minister, July 16th). The great desire of the Japanese to commit us to a statement of the possibility of American soldiers being in the Japanese Concession on the night of March 12th leaves no doubt in my mind of the use they intend to make of such an admission. I have the honor to refer you to the previous correspondence in this matter to show how impossible it is from the point of evidence and sincere belief to admit that American soldiers were in the Japanese Concession on that night—as is claimed by the Japanese—in large numbers, armed with police clubs, making assaults on Japanese in the principal thoroughfare without a Japanese policeman seeing or apprehending any one of them. It would seem to me exceedingly stultifying to make any such admission in order to settle what remains of this case after the Japanese have already made an apology for the main incidents.
I have [etc.]
- Tatsuichiro Funatsu, Japanese Consul General at Tientsin, May, 1919.↩