393.1123 Lincheng/116: Telegram

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

186. Your 91, May 28, 6 p.m.88 Following are the five demands referred to: (1) Withdrawal of soldiers; (2) Central Government to furnish bandits regularly with food and clothing; (3) ten thousand bandits Plava [sic] district to be formed into four mixed brigades under direct control of Central Government which should furnish arms and ammunition; (4) Central Government to give six months’ pay in advance, also arrears of pay not to exceed total of six months’ pay; (5) upon consent of Central Government to above terms, an agreement to be drawn up between Central Government and bandit chief to be signed in the presence of a representative of diplomatic corps who is to act as guarantor for the proper execution of agreement.

  1. “Your 185, May 28, 4 p.m. Cable the five demands of the brigands. Hughes.” (File no. 393.1123 Lincheng/108.)