393.1123 Lincheng/140: Telegram

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


212. Paragraph numbered 8 my 176, May 23, 3 p.m. At conference with General Connor and the naval and military attachés it was unanimously agreed that the 3d battalion of the 15th Infantry should be sent to Tientsin from the Philippines as a gesture with respect to the Lincheng affair. I recommend that this be done as soon as practicable.

I made the above recommendation in my May 29 despatch95 but I now telegraph it as for some days China has been without a Cabinet, and the President may be forced out. Peking was without police all yesterday and the future is uncertain. If my recommendation is adopted there will be sufficient time for the battalion to be sent on the July transport.

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