The Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Roosevelt) to the Secretary of
Washington, March 14,
My Dear Mr. Secretary: I am enclosing you a
dispatch which has just been received from our Naval Attaché in Pekin.
From all reports he is a thoroughly reliable and trustworthy man.
Believe me [etc.]
The Naval Attaché at Peking (Hutchins) to the Secretary of the Navy (Denby)
Peking, March 14,
1613. Reference my 1616–1400 October and my 1607–1500 November my
1610–1100 February. Very Urgent. I have just been reliably informed
that in consequence of apathetic attitude of United States
Government and of Bethlehem steel corporation the Chinese
authorities are discussing among themselves at present time
advisability of giving task of Naval reorganization and building
program to another Government and its nationals. Please advise
attitude I should take. Having in mind Naval situation in Pacific.
Present and probable future. Such procedure on China’s part would be
in my opinion most serious loss to United States and we should try
to prevent it by every possible effort. 1530.
Charles T. Hutchins