The Secretary of State to the Minister in China (Crane)
182. Referring Department’s 180, July 16, 2 p.m. Please communicate its substance to Consul at Tientsin so that he will not [Page 446]participate inadvertently in any action of Consular Body which might actually or colorably constitute an intervention on behalf of any of the factions involved in the present struggle. Department desires information as to identity of Chinese commander at Tientsin and his alignment in the present struggle.