The Acting President of the Technical Board ( Johnson ) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 24—7:27 a.m.]
Referring to my cable of February 14, 11 a.m.81 Technical Board for 60 days has succeeded in restricting Chinese Eastern disbursements to actual pay roll and expenses directly related to train operation: this policy together with payment of half million yen from the Japanese enables railway to meet pay roll this month but results in most embarrassing pressure from other creditors. Pneumonic plague still in hand with 1,500 deaths to date Harbin and west of which 40 Harbin.
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