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

42. Your 442, December 16, 6 p.m.68

Interest due November 1 has not been paid notwithstanding assurance of Minister of Finance that payment would be made in first few days of January from salt surplus. Credit of Chinese Government will be seriously impaired if it persists in deferring interest payment on this loan. You will again remind Minister of Finance of the interest due and urge payment without further delay.