The Minister in China (Crane) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 9—1:41 p.m.]
165. Following summary of telegrams sent to Tientsin.
“July 8, 5 p.m. Probability of military operations between Tuan and Tsao Kun extremely serious. Warn Americans residing in [Page 438]Paotingfu that attack on city by armed forces improbable [is probable?] and for them to be ready to leave at a moments notice, it is preferable for the women and children to leave now.”
“July 8, 10 a.m. Attack on Paotingfu from Peking and Maliang from Tsinanfu now in preparation. Advise Americans Paotingfu desirable to leave.”