893.102 Ic/10: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in China (Ruddock)

216. Your 268, July 21, 6 p.m.

The Department perceives no reason for departing from policy outlined in its 184 of June 29, 5 p.m., 193 of July 12, 5 p.m., and 198 of July 15, 6 p.m., whether permanently or for a term of years. You will ascertain from British Legation whether it will support proposal outlined in Department’s 198 of July 15, 6 p.m., if proposed [Page 513] to the Diplomatic Body. Reports just received from Hankow regarding looting of Ichang and Wuchang state that looting was done by soldiers in transit or about to be demobilized with no indication of anti-foreign feeling. Please advise of correctness of these reports.