The Consul General at Hankow (Heintzleman) to the Secretary of State

No. 57

Sir: With reference to my despatch No. 30 of April 6, 1920,52 regarding the disturbances in the British Concession at Kiukiang on March 14, 1920, when several Chinese coolies were injured by American sailors in the landing party which had been put ashore at the time, I have the honor to enclose copy of a despatch, in translation, dated June 5, 1920, received by me from the Civil Governor of Kiangsi on the subject.

From the enclosure the Department will note that the matter has been amicably adjusted. I am also glad to be able to report that the incident, so far as the United States Navy had any connection therewith, has left no ill-feeling on the part of either the native officials or populace against the United States men-of-war on the Yangtze or American residents in this region.

I have [etc.]

P. S. Heintzleman
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The Civil Governor of Kiangsi (Chi Yang) to the American Consul General at Hankow (Heintzleman)

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch of April 6, 1920 (in Chinese and foreign texts), regarding the recent disturbances at Kiukiang, wherein you state, with particular reference to the Chinese injured by American sailors, that you have carefully investigated the matter; that, as a result of your investigations and inquiries it has been found that the three Chinese who have been wounded have recovered; that it is reported that the British Municipal Council at Kiukiang is paying such expenses as were incurred in rendering medical treatment to the Chinese wounded; and that, as the American sailors in question went ashore on the British Concession merely to restore order and at the request of the British Consul, no responsibility therefor attaches to the American authorities. You add that you have requested the Commander of the Yangtze Patrol to caution the officers under his command to be very careful in future in their actions during periods of civil commotions of any sort, etc.

In this connection, I have to inform you that I am in receipt of a report from the local authorities at Kiukiang to the effect that Chen Hung-mei and Liao Chia-ping have recovered from their wounds, but that the wounds received by Tao Chang-sen were pretty heavy and, though he has been in the hospital for two months, he has not yet fully recovered. The medical expenses connected with this case have been fully paid by the British Municipal Council and the entire case has been amicably settled by the British Consul and the local authorities. Therefore, naturally it should not be taken up further.

Regarding the acts of American naval vessels, your courtesy in requesting the Commander of the Yangtze Patrol to caution the officers under his command that they should be very careful in their actions during periods of local disturbances of any sort shows your good-will and I trust that the commanding officers of the various gunboats will heed your request in restricting their actions, and that hereafter there will be no repetition of such actions as were witnessed during the recent disorders.

With compliments,

Signature and Seal of
Chi Yang
  1. Ante, p. 794.