893.00/3523: Telegram

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

297. Following telegram has been received from Canton:

“September 27, 5 p.m. General Lee Fu Lin, commander of troops Island of Honam opposite Canton, and General Wei Pang Ping, commissioner of defense Canton, having together about 6,000 troops, have rebelled against the military government and threatening to attack Military Governor Mo unless he resigns and leaves Canton. Mo having but 6,000 troops at Canton is now discussing terms. Situation critical but foreigners amply protected. Two American and three British gunboats and two Japanese destroyers off Shameen. Kindly inform the consuls adding that I have delayed taking leave. Bergholz ”