The Minister in China (Crane) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 15—10:04 a.m.]
89. Your 60, February 8, 7 p.m. Instructions to inform my colleagues, Foreign Office, and Canton in regard to accumulated though unpaid allocations recently made and future Southern surpluses have been carried out.
In a confidential interview Inspector General Customs informed me of his forebodings in view of possible bankruptcy Central Government.