893.00/3384: Telegram

The Minister in China (Crane) to the Secretary of State

179. Nation wide military activities are spreading quick. Disorders seem inevitable, Yangtze Valley now widely involved, no sign of anti foreign sentiment, train service Shanghai-Nanking Railway suspended owing to occupation by Anfu forces from Shanghai to Soochow. Tientsin-Pukow Railway broken just south of Tehchow whose arsenal now in Tsao Kun’s hands is object of Anfu attack from Tsinan. Peking-Mukden Railway thus is only line maintaining schedules, Chang Hsun rallying former forces at Hsuchow animated probably by hatred of Tuan.