393.116/207: Telegram

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

154. Referring to my telegram of June 16, 10 p.m. By Presidential mandates of June 13th and 29th Chang Ching-yao has been deprived of offices of military and civil governor of Hunan and all military command in consequence of the loss of province to Southern forces. The Chinese Foreign Office expresses profound regret and is investigating circumstances of the murder. Vice Consul Huston has made full report from Yochow which has been in Southern hands since the 26th. Am negotiating compensatory and disciplinary settlement.