The Minister in China (Crane) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 30—12:43 p.m.]
281. My 278.14 Chinese authorities apparently proceeding to increasingly close control of Russian concessions. French continue to agitate for international control. British still without instructions. French have taken branches of Russo-Asiatic Bank under protection. Press features rumor that French will endeavor to take control Chinese Eastern basing act on financial interest but nothing tangible is adduced. Yourin not pleased with [omission] turned him down for the present after learning what he might have to offer.