The Minister in China ( Crane ) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received December 17—1:20 p.m.]
441. Your 352, December 3, 5 p.m. Various Legations have replied severally to Foreign Office. American, British, Japanese and French banks, latter “Indo Chine”, have been approached by the Chinese Government for loan as forecasted in note of Foreign Office. Amount to be $4,000,000.
Four Legations have suggested to dean calling meeting of the corps [to] discuss question and ascertaining from the Chinese Government when approval of Governments concerned has been given and Inspector General [of] Customs has received instructions to levy tax.