The Minister in China (Crane) to the Secretary of State
[Received 10:17 p.m.]
184. The President has issued a conventional mandate ordering troops of contending sides to return to their original posts, thus saving the people from miseries of war. Will probably be entirely disregarded. Joint telegram opposing Tuan received from the eight military governors whose union seems complete. Martial law is proclaimed in Peking by Tuan officials acting without President’s approbation.