The Minister in China (Crane) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 11—9 p.m.]
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.