893.51/2888: Telegram

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

196. Your 196, July 24, 5 p.m.

The Department appreciates the probability of delay on the part of the Japanese Government but feels that conference among the four interested Legations is the most direct and favorable method of reaching an agreement or arriving at an understanding of the reasons for failure to agree. Efforts have been made and will be made by the Department to assist your negotiations by informal presentation of the matter to other Governments. The Department would welcome any suggestions you may find advisable to that end.