393.74/63: Telegram

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


56. Referring to the Legation’s telegrams nos. 80 and 81, of February 5, 5 p.m., and 6, 11 a.m., respectively, the Legation is instructed to inform the Chinese Premier that the cancellation of the Federal [Page 411] Wireless Telegraph contract, on the ground of any claim under prior contracts to a monopoly in the supply of wireless material, or to monopoly of operation, would be regarded by the American Government as an unfriendly act.

The Legation is confidentially informed that Mr. Schwerin and Mr. Moss are in Washington and intend soon to talk over with the American group the possible relationship to the consortium of the Federal Company’s contract.